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5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 5, 2017

DIMMING OUR LIGHTS

We have been told that we are servants – from the moment we were formed in the womb.  That we are called – to proclaim the Kingdom of Heaven is near.  We are people of the beatitudes – blessed because of our detachment from wealth, pleasure, power and honour.  Blessed because of our joy swells from a heart that beats for the Lord – and the Lord alone.

. . . At least that is the goal . . .

Today we hear that we are salt.  And we are light.   But much like Zephaniah last week, it is the prophet Isaiah that clarifies why and how this is true.  For thus says the Lord, share your bread, shelter the oppressed, clothe the naked, and do not turn your back on your own.  THEN your light will shine.  Then your wounds will be healed.  Then you will be the salt that makes the world a better place.

In light of so many headlines, the words of the prophets seem more relevant than ever.  How can anyone who calls themselves a Christian – or identifies with any religion for that matter – ignore the victims of our structural and social sinfulness?

CLICK HERE for the readings for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Isaiah 58:7-10; Psalm 112; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5; Matthew 5:13-16)

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