Jesus did most of his miracles, and he did most of his preaching, in Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum. They were fishing villages on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee. The people there were proud of being so honored, and they thought that they would be honored above all others when the saints go marching in.
Not so, Jesus insisted. In comparison with others they would only be judged more harshly. That same severe judgment might be awaiting us.
We have been highly gifted and well trained. We have been brought up to be the “the light of the world,” and “the salt of the earth;” but those honors have not been entrusted to us so that we might be smug.
As Paul wrote in 2nd Corinthians 4:7 “What have you that you haven’t received; and if you have received, why do you glory?”
Each of us could think of himself or herself as one link in a long, long chain of those who have been the light of the world and the salt of the earth. You and I must weld our link of goodness, then, help put the next link into place.