5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A, 5th February 2017

You are the Salt of the Earth and the Light of the World

The readings this week invite us, in part, to reflect on the theme of darkness and light.

In the First Reading the prophet Isaiah encourages his people to attend to those in need and to do away with angry words and clenched fists. If they do this they can be assured that the Lord will be with them, helping them out of the darkness into a healing light.
The Psalm continues this theme and extols the virtue of the good person whose light is an example to others.
Matthew in his Gospel recounts Jesus’ words to his disciples. They are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Their light must be so attractive that others will want to come and join them.
Paul, in the Second Reading reminds the Corinthians that lofty words are not needed to tell people about Jesus. Relying on the Spirit and the power of God is all that is required.

This week, then, I could perhaps reflect on the example I give by using simple words, helping those I see in need, and giving hope to the discouraged so that the light of the love of God working through me can be clearly seen by all.