Homily for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: You are salt of the earth and light of the world
By: Fr. Patrick
Homily for Sunday February 9 2020
Gospel: Mt 5:13-16 You are salt of the earth and light of the world
My friends, in times past both salt and light were essential to everyday living. Nowadays we still depend on them but not to the same degree. So when the Lord said to his disciples ‘you are the salt of the earth and the light of the world’ he was basically saying – you are essential to the proper functioning of the world. We cannot even begin to imagine what a world without light would look like – that is how essential we are. Mother Teresa used a metaphor of power lines for what we are called to be. Unless current, God, is flowing through the power lines, humanity, there is no light. We have the freedom to allow the current to flow through us and generate the light of the world: that is Jesus or put up obstacles which impedes the light and allows the darkness to spread.
Continuing with this metaphor we see a few examples of what the current running through us might look like in our First Reading from the prophet Isaiah – sharing our bread with the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, making amends within our family, turning away from violence and nastiness of speech and giving relief to the oppressed.
My friends, as Jesus said to his disciples, today, you and me; we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world!
Conclusion of Mass – the takeaway
‘You are the salt of the earth and the light of the world’