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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Salt and Light…

February 6, 2011 | Author: | Posted in 5, F, Sunday Masses

You are the light of the world…

Sunday Mass Readings: February 06, 2011

Today’s Sunday Mass Reading is for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Come, let us worship the Lord. Let us bow down in the presence of our maker, for he is the Lord our God.

First Reading


The Lord promises that those who share their food with the hungry and their clothing with the naked shall find true favor with God. A light shall shine for them.

A reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah.

Isaiah 58: 7 – 10
7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
8 Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you, the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
9 Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, Here I am. “If you take away from the midst of you the yoke, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
10 if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.

Responsorial Psalm

[Good People]

Psalms 112: 4 – 9
4 Light rises in the darkness for the upright; the LORD is gracious, merciful, and righteous.
5 It is well with the man who deals generously and lends, who conducts his affairs with justice.
6 For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered for ever.
7 He is not afraid of evil tidings; his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.
8 His heart is steady, he will not be afraid, until he sees his desire on his adversaries.
9 He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures for ever; his horn is exalted in honor.

Second Reading

[Power of the Spirit]

Paul preached to the Corinthians in weakness and fear. He preached Jesus crucified, but through the working of the Holy Spirit, these people came to be believers.

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians.

1 Corinthians 2: 1 – 5
1 When I came to you, brethren, I did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God in lofty words or wisdom.
2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
3 And I was with you in weakness and in much fear and trembling;
4 and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
5 that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

Gospel Reading

[Light of Life]

The faithful followers of Jesus are the salt of the earth and a light to the world. Being true Christ-bearers, they become an example for others.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew.

Matthew 5: 13 – 16
13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid.
15 Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Listen in to the sermon…

For today’s homily from the Gospel of Matthew, listen to Fr. Robert Barron’s very relevant, meaningful and inspiring sermon.

Christ’s apt use of the metaphors of salt and light as images of the spiritual life help us to appropriate and understand the expectations of discipleship.

Listen by clicking on: Salt and Light: Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Download the sermon on: Salt and Light | Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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