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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

February 5, 2017

 

Gospel: Mt 5:13-16
 
Jesus said to his disciples: "You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled under foot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify (*) your heavenly Father."
 
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The difficult words
 
(*)To glorify means to honor or praise.
 
This week’s spotlight
 
Vocation
 
A vocation is a call from God to a particular path to holiness. Vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life are rare and special. Most of the baptized, however; have a vocation to be holy in the world, like the salt and light in today's Gospel.These Christians bring Jesus and his message into society, their families, and everyday life.
 
Strength in weakness
 
Today's letter from Saint Paul, like many passages of the Bible, teaches us the "mystery" of Jesus crucified, the mystery of strength in weakness. It's difficult to grasp, because Jesus turns everything upside down. In sports, for example, you want to be    strong and to win. In school, you want to        be smart. In friendships, you want to be popular. Jesus on the cross, however; chooses weakness, failure, ugliness, and pain. God loves weakness, because it opens us to love. Only with his love are we truly strong.
 
 
Reflection
 
Salt and light
 
Have you ever seen a movie about secret agents or spies from foreign lands? A spy always has an important job to carry out - sometimes a mission to save the world! We don’t often think about our mission as Catholics, but Jesus wants us to work with him to save the world. Our mission doesn't involve guns, disguises, or fancy gadgets. It’s the mission of salt and light.Though salt and light are silent and nearly invisible, they make a huge difference. A pinch of salt makes everything taste better. A tiny ray of light keeps us from fear and stumbling in the dark. Living the mission of Jesus is often hidden and very difficult. It means sharing our food with the hungry, welcoming those who are suffering, and speaking the truth with love. If you choose to accept it, this is your mission!
 
Discussion questions
 
1.What does Jesus call his disciples at first?
2.What happens if salt loses its taste?
3.Then what does Jesus call his disciples?
4.Why does the light must shine before others?
 
 
Praying after Communion
 
After receiving Holy Communion, you can say this prayer silently to yourself. If you have not yet received your First Communion, you can still say this prayer because of your desire to receive Jesus.
 
Father, through Jesus, in communion with the whole Church, I thank you for coming into my heart. Let your light shine in and through me as I begin the week ahead. Help me to love others as you love them.
 
This week…
 
Be honest in prayer
 
In the second reading, Saint Paul tells us that he carried out his mission feeling weak and afraid. Imitate him this week by taking a minute each day to tell God about the things that make you feel weak, embarrassed, or afraid.
 
Share what you have
 
The Lord tells us through Isaiah that he hears the prayers of those who do not turn their backs on others. Do something this week to help the poor; or to care for a family member who is suffering.
 
Crossword Puzzle
 

 


Source: usccb.org -  Magnifikid - sermons4kids.comrclblectionary.com –usccb.org/bible/readings-audio.cfm
 

 

 

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