6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Published on 10 Feb 2020
A woman sitting in a church.

‘Be my protector, O God … lead me, guide me, for the sake of your name’

O God, who teach us

that you abide in hearts that are just and true,

grant that we may be so fashioned by your grace

as to become a dwelling pleasing to you.

Today’s readings reveal God’s law as something different from human-made laws, which are imposed on people to keep them in check. God’s law is born in love and given in love, and is fulfilled by our loving response to it.

Because God does not impose the law, we are always free to choose our response. God’s loving and wise care (Second Reading) means that we are supported in our response (First Reading).

When we do respond lovingly, we will experience happiness on earth (Psalm) and know greatness in God’s kingdom (Gospel).

Let’s ask for the grace, in the coming week, to really seek the Lord with all our hearts. And to respond to the circumstances of our daily lives with loving wisdom, knowing that in everything we are being guided, held and encouraged by God’s law of love.

To behave faithfully is within your power.     First Reading

We have a wisdom to offer … the wisdom that God predestined to be for our glory. Second Reading

The one who keeps and teaches my commandments will be considered great in the kingdom of heaven. Gospel

This week’s texts if you want to reflect further:

Ecclesiasticus 15: 15–20; Psalm 118 (119); 1 Corinthians 2: 6–10; Matthew 5: 17–37