Gospel Reflection for the Fifth Sunday Ordinary Time Year A – February 9th 2014
Full scripture for this Sunday is available on the Catholic Ireland website. Daily Scripture is also available. Our parish Prayers of the Faithful for this Sunday are made available on the Dublin Diocesan website.
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘You are the salt of the earth. But if salt becomes tasteless, what can make it salty again? It is good for nothing, and can only be thrown out to be trampled underfoot by men.
You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill-top cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp to put it under a tub; they put it on the lamp-stand where it shines for everyone in the house.
In the same way your light must shine in the sight of men, so that, seeing your good works, they may give the praise to your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5: 13-16
Love is shown, says St Ignatius in deeds not words. The gospel ends today by encouraging us to good works in the world we live in.
The good works needed today – anything that brings hope; which speaks to the darkness and emptiness of life with so many people and suicide and addiction. Hope of friendship and in getting certainty that we are who we are, not what we have or what we do.
Good works needed of care for the times that are in it – caring for the life from beginning to end, standing up for respect for life and caring for the elderly. We want a new sort of government which will radically change our health care and care properly for education for now and the future.
We want a leadership which will allow the goodness and good contribution of the church and be active in education and everything else. We need salty people and delightful people. The salt of the strength and the taste of God and the light which is the gentle illumination which delights people.
Salt for the earth means that we are full of the potential for good works, and light for the world that our lives can enlighten others.
Donal Neary SJ