February 9, 2014

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In today’s readings we move from the Presentation of the Lord to the presentation of ourselves to the world as the Lord’s people.  We are the light of the world and the salt of the earth and we must resolve to always shine as a light in the darkness that threatens to cover the world.


This is why we say that we are in the world but not of the world.  We are called to be steadfast in faith and, as our psalmist says, not to fear the evil report.  How often do we hear gossip about others and allow it to discourage us from coming to Church or serving?  We must serve with all our hearts and instead of flee from darkness or spread the gossip, we must shine like a light and dispel the darkness with the Light of Christ that is in each one of us.


Finally, in our second reading, we hear St. Paul telling the Corinthians that he does not proclaim the mystery of God with words of wisdom, but with the only knowledge that any Christian needs, that Christ died for us and that He loves us.  We learn this in our hearts by seeing the good works of Christians, the love we have our neighbor and especially our enemies.  It is important to know our faith and understand what the Church teaches and why, but it is more important to know Jesus Christ and to share His love in the world.  Only then can we truly say that we are the light of the world and the salt of the earth.




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