5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Keep your family safe, O Lord,
with unfailing care,
that, relying solely on the hope of heavenly grace,
they may be defended always
by your protection.
Your integrity will go before you and the glory of the Lord behind you. Cry, and the Lord will answer; call, and he will say, ‘I am here.’
First Reading (Isaiah 58: 7–10)
...your faith should not depend on human philosophy but on the power of God.
Second Reading (1 Corinthians 2: 1–5)
...your light must shine in the sight of men, so that, seeing your good works, they may give the praise to your Father in heaven.
Gospel (Matthew 5: 13–16)
I am the light of the world, says the Lord, anyone who follows me will have the light of life. Gospel Acclamation
Jesus is paying me and my companions an extraordinary compliment! He is saying that we are the salt of the earth and more that that, we are the light of the world!
Jesus uses simple, everyday examples, to illustrate the value of salt and light, God given gifts which are rendered useless if hidden or wasted.
I take a moment to ponder what this means to me.
Do Jesus’ words encourage me in my discipleship or do I find them daunting; can Jesus’ words possibly apply to the likes of me?
Am I willing to use these vital qualities for the greater glory of God or would I rather be ‘unseen’?
I stay in the presence of Jesus for a while. I can tell him how I feel, ask him for what I need, or simply be in his company.