Thursday, February 3, 2011

February 6, 2011 – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

This is a post in progress - it will be completed by Saturday (yep, running a bit late this week) :-)
Listen Here!      Light Breaking Forth
Isaiah 58:7-10
Psalm 112:4-9
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Matthew 5:13-16

Jesus came among us as light to scatter the darkness of a fallen world.
As his disciples, we too are called to be “the light of the world,” he tells us in the Gospel this Sunday (see John 1:4–4, 9; 8:12; 9:5).

All three images that Jesus uses to describe the Church are associated with the identity and vocation of Israel.
Salt of the Earth
City Set on a Mountain
Light of the World

God forever aligned his Kingdom with the Kingdom of David and his sons by a “covenant of salt,” salt being a sign of permanence and purity (see 2 Chron. 13:5, 8; Lev. 2:13; Ezek. 43:24).

CITY on a hill   
Jerusalem was to be a city set on a hill, high above all others, drawing all nations towards the glorious light streaming from her Temple (see Isa. 2:2; 60:1–3).

And Israel was given the mission of being a light to the nations, that God’s salvation would reach to the ends of the earth (see Isa. 42:6; 49:6).

The liturgy shows us this week that the Church, and every Christian, is called to fulfill Israel’s mission.
By our faith and good works we are to make the light of God’s life break forth in the darkness, as we sing in this week’s Psalm.

This week’s readings remind us that our faith can never be a private affair, something we can hide as if under a basket.

We are to pour ourselves out for the afflicted, as Isaiah tells us in the First Reading. Our light must shine as a ray of God’s mercy for all who are poor, hungry, naked, and enslaved.

There must be a transparent quality to our lives. Our friends and family, our neighbors and fellow citizens, should see reflected in us the light of Christ and through us be attracted to the saving truths of the Gospel. 

So let us pray that we, like St. Paul in the Epistle, might proclaim with our whole lives,
“Christ and him crucified.”

Yours in Christ,

Scott Hahn, Ph.D.

Go right to the 6 minutes and 57 second mark (6:57) for "You are the Light of the World."  I so wish there was a saved video of the 70s Broadway version of this song! This movie version is not quite even  adequate . . . .  I have saved it here to remind myself of the Broadway version.

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