February 5, 2023
Fifth Sunday Cycle A
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We have heard or read this quotation from Matthew's gospel many times.
The readings for this Sunday can help us to know each day what we are called to do.
In the Gospel, Jesus is giving the Sermon of the Mount to his disciples. As we sit in Church this Sunday, Jesus once again gives us His Words. They can change our spiritual lives.
Are we willing to listen?
Are we willing to change so we will more often make God present to every person and event that comes into our lives?
Or do we simple refuse to think that we are called everyday in every situation to make God present to others?
In the time of Isaiah, the people were being reminded of what they were to do for others to show that they loved God and were thankful to Him for bringing them out of slavery and caring for them. So, the message is not new.
St. Paul writes to this Christian Community and reminds them that they were called to make God present everyday. Because of our baptism, like that of the Corinthians, we were chosen by God at our own Baptism to make God present in our world today.
Think about the responsorial Psalm as you listen or read the Psalm we respond to at Eucharist this Sunday.
It describes what we are called to be and to do?
But maybe we simply think that there is no more we can do.
How can I feed others?
How can I be light?
It simply means going out of our way for others.
It means always saying hello or something to those we don't really know as we pass them in all our daily activities. Even a smile to the stranger can be that bread or light to others.
We can even ask God for the grace to convert us, so that we do not let one person that we encounter this day go by us without a smile, or a hello, or even to go out of our way for that person. Perhaps even saying to God as we pass a person, "God bless that person" .
Of course there will be times we are called to do much more, but to begin to start simply we can make spiritual discoveries about ourselves.
Maybe we will discover that we are more self centered than we ever thought. That will mean not to give up, but to pray for our own conversion.
Let's fulfill the call God gave us in Baptism.
It is never too late.