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5th Sunday in ordinary time year A

HOMILY FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

READINGS

Isaiah 58:7-10
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Matthew 5:13-16

THEME: THE ROLE MODEL OBLIGATION

Beloved in Christ, this morning the Church is inviting us to reflect on how we can be true Christians and genuine followers of Christ, with a special focus on what God wants us to do and not what we want to do.

God is thus defining the way to live by calling us to act with deep concern for others. This is about what it means to follow and what He expects from us, His followers.

Also, for a people who consistently had to deal with rotten foods and darkened nights without light, the importance of light and salt cannot be ignored.

Beloved, salt reminds us of taste and food – it gives flavor to food and also keeps it from spoiling. Also in the scriptures, the reference to salt is often associated with food shared in a special context; the covenant meal. For instance; in Ezra 6:9 – temple offering; Ezekiel 43:24 – reminder of the covenant with the Lord and in Leviticus 2:13 – add salt to every offering. This was seen as an invitation to build on intimate relationship with the Lord.

My dear friend, the light also helps people to find their bearing for without it man will be without direction and focus. Salt is useful when it comes into contact with food and light also becomes useful in darkness.

Beloved, we are not to find excuses when it comes to the expression of our faith. We are charged to be exemplary and visible for all to see – not to boast but we must not be afraid to lead others to follow the Lord as we ourselves have done. We are thus obliged to be good role models, helping one another; in the words of Isaiah – share your bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and the homeless, clothe  the naked when you see them and do not turn your back on your own.

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