5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Published on 03 Feb 2020
Lantern on a stand

A good person is a light in darkness: generous, merciful and just.

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.

The readings this week speak of the need for those who believe in God to show that this makes a difference to the way they treat others. It is not enough to believe; we are asked to give evidence of our faith by showing others what God is like through the way we live.

We are called to serve the hungry, the homeless, and the destitute; to act in ways that prevent oppression, anger and harsh words (First Reading); to speak, not out of our own goodness or holiness, but in the power that comes from the Holy Spirit (Second Reading); to become like lights shining in the darkness,

so that our good works encourage others in their journey towards the praise of God in their own lives (Gospel).

If we live in these ways, the Lord promises us lives of integrity, free from fear and full of trust in God. We will find joy in living in the presence of the Lord (Psalm).

We pray for the grace to become humble servants relying only on God to help us serve others (Second Reading).

Thus says the Lord: Share your bread with the hungry, and shelter the homeless poor.     First Reading

The good person will never waver ... with a firm heart, their trust is in the Lord.      Psalm

Happy those who mourn for they shall be comforted. Happy those who hunger and thirst for what is right, for they shall be satisfied.    Communion Antiphon

This week’s texts if you want to reflect further

Isaiah 58: 7–10; Psalm 111 (112); 1 Corinthians 2: 1–5; Matthew 5: 13–16