Cycle A Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The four readings from scripture this weekend have the happy occurrence of sharing the same basic theme, that of how we live out our faith in relations with our neighbors. The first reading goes to the heart of Abraham’s concept of hospitality. How do we respond to those around us in need? Do we assist them or turn our backs on them? How would we want to be treated if we were in a similar situation as our neighbor? Or do we only see our neighbors as those who live in my same suburb or development? Isaiah tells us that if we do not turn our backs then we shall be like a light breaking forth at dawn. But how quick are we to remove accusations, malicious speech, greed, envy, lust, gluttony and other sins from our treatment of others?
The Psalm reminds us that our actions are seen by others. Do we spread darkness or are we a light to others? Paul tells us he set an example for us. What kind of example are we setting for others?
Jesus challenges us that if we do not live as good disciples, we will cease to be disciples and of what good will we be. Calling ourselves disciples, without being a light to others, we deserve to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. But being a light is not something for ourselves. Being a light has the primary purpose of giving glo to God. By living our lives as good disciples and being a light to others, they then can respond to God’s blessings and give glory to the Father. Remember the old catechism that said we are here to know Him, to love Him, to serve Him. Doing such is not a simple task, but it is an essential task for those who call themselves disciples.

Author: yuengerwv

Retired Catholic Priest

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