February 4, 2017

5th Sunday - A (February 5, 2017)


Light of the World

When Matthew introduces Jesus’ public ministry, he identifies Jesus as the light, citing the Prophet Isaiah, “the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death light has arisen.” (4:16, the Gospel we heard 2 Sundays ago).

Today, Jesus calls us to be the light of the world.  He shares his mission with us [1].

In order to be the light of Christ to the world, we must live as he has lived. 

Looking at the Sunday Gospels continuously, the Beatitudes, which we heard last week, are our guides.  

We know that only Jesus lives the Beatitudes to perfection [2].  The better we live the Beatitudes, the brighter our reflection of Christ’s light. 

[2] . Saint Pope John Paul II. “The Beatitudes are a self-portrait of Christ.”  Tweeted by Rocco Palmo, http://whispersintheloggia.blogspot.com

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