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Lifelong Catechesis

Forming Catholic identity across generations
April 23, 2019
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Ordinary Time

For a large part of the liturgical year, we devote ourselves to listening to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects unfolded as we seek God's truth and understanding.

Sunday Readings and Backgrounds

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Isaiah 58:7-10

True holiness is found in right relationships with one another.

  • Isaiah's audience had recently returned from exile.
  • They were frustrated that the restoration of Jerusalem was taking so long.
  • Isaiah is unsympathetic and tells them to share, regardless of disappointments.

Reading II : 1 Corinthians 2:1-5

Paul's second illustration of holiness: become transparent to let God's light shine through.

  • Paul met rejection in Corinth.
  • Paul says he can't rely on human eloquence.
  • He wants faith to have a strong foundation.

Gospel : Matthew 5:13-16

Salt is another image of holiness, and saltiness is given by God.

  • Jesus' disciples are to be like salt, constant and self-giving.
  • Light symbolizes the goodness of the disciples, their sharing the life of God, who is light.
  • Those who see the light in the disciples will praise, not the disciples, but God.