Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time - A - February 5, 2023

FIRST READING

Isaiah 58:7-10

Isaiah 58 spoke to a callous and dejected populace: “Share with others and you will see the light of YHWH.”
The Lord said:

7 Isn't it to distribute your bread to the hungry, and that you bring the poor who are cast out to your house? When you see the naked, that you cover him; and that you not hide yourself from your own flesh? 8 Then your light shall break forth as the morning, and your healing shall spring forth speedily; and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of   shall be your rear guard.

9 Then you shall call, and   will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, 'Here I am.'

"If you take away from the midst of you the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking wickedly; 10 and if you draw out your soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul: then your light shall rise in darkness, and your obscurity be as the noonday.

PSALM

Psalm 112

In 112, the author addressed immature spirituality, a view of God’s blessings as immediate gratification or somehow earned. The ist pointed to a spirituality that was greater than the self.
1 Alleluia!
Blessed is the man who fears YHWH,
who delights greatly in his commandments.
2 His seed will be mighty in the land.
The generation of the upright will be blessed.
3 Wealth and riches are in his house.
His righteousness endures forever.

4 Light dawns in the darkness for the upright,
gracious, merciful, and righteous.
5 It is well with the man who deals graciously and lends.
He will maintain his cause in judgment.
6 For he will never be shaken.
The righteous will be remembered forever.

7 He will not be afraid of evil news.
His heart is steadfast, trusting in YHWH.
8 His heart is established.
He will not be afraid in the end when he sees his adversaries.
9 He has dispersed, he has given to the poor.
His righteousness endures forever.
His horn will be exalted with honor.

10 The wicked will see it, and be grieved.
He shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away.
The desire of the wicked will perish.

SECOND READING

1 Corinthians 2:1-5

St. Paul told his audience in Corinth that the power of his preaching did not come from his eloquence or his insight, but from the power of the message: Christ crucified.

Popular Translation:

1 When I paid you a visit, brothers and sisters, I didn't come to tell you about the mystery of God with flowery words and my own wisdom. 2 Instead, I made a decision not to bring you any other knowledge except that about Jesus Christ and him on the cross. 3 In fact, I was scared when I was with you; I felt weak in the knees and shook when I was around you. 4 My words and message were not wise ones that could persuade anyone. But, they shown off by the spirit and power of God! 5 So, your faith is not based on the wisdom of people. It is based on the power of God!

Literal Translation:

1 I, having visited you, brothers, did not come with an pervasive (delivery) of words or wisdom, proclaiming to you the mystery of God. 2 For I judged (with the mind) not to know something among you except JESUS CHRIST and this (ONE) having been crucified. 3 I, in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, was before you, 4 and my word and my proclamation were not in persuasive [words of] wisdom, but in a demonstration of spirit and power, 5 so that your faith might not be in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

GOSPEL

Matthew 5:13-16

In Matthew 5, Jesus used the metaphors of salt and light to describe the true disciple, the one who lived out the Beatitudes.

Popular Translation:

Jesus said to the crowd:

13 You are salt for the people of the world. But if salt becomes dirty, how will it become pure again? Dirty salt has no value, except to be thrown on roads so people can walk over it. 14 You are light for the people of the world. At night, the light from a city on a mountain top can't be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp to hide it under a basket. No, he places a lamp on a stand to spread light throughout the house. 16 So, shine like light before everyone you meet. Then, they can see all the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.

Literal Translation:

Jesus said to the crowd:

13 You are the salt of the earth. But if salt becomes weakened, by what (means) will it become salty? It no longer has the strength for anything, except, being thrown out, to be trodden over by men. 14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain does not have the ability to be hidden. 15 No (one) lights a lamp and places it under a basket, but on a lamp stand and it spreads light for all, those in the house. 16 Thus, let your light shine before men, so they might see the good works you do and may give glory to your Father in heaven.


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