It's not too early in the week to take a first look at the scriptures we'll hear proclaimed on
The first scripture for Sunday is a text that often makes an appearance in Lent. It's taken from Isaiah's speech on the nature of true fasting and makes a strong argument for relating fasting to caring for the poor.
It's the gospel text from Matthew, however, that gives the clue for why this Isaiah text was chosen for this Sunday's liturgy. In the day's third scripture, Jesus images his disciples as the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Pair that second image with Isaiah's imagery,
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn...
then light shall rise for you in the darkness
and the gloom shall become for you like midday.
and the connection is complete.
In the second lesson, Paul continues to contrast his own preaching with that of others whose oratory is competing for the attention of the Corinthians.
Salt and light... You and I, followers of Jesus, his disciples... we're called to be as the earth's salt and the world's light: big jobs, important tasks - both of them!
What do you think?
Has our salt lost its flavor? Do we season the life around us?
Is our light as one set on a stand or hidden under a bushel basket?
Truth be told, these are more important questions than, "Packers or Steelers?"
Look here for this Sunday's scriptures and commentary on them and if you're bringing children to Mass this weekend, look here for hints on helping young ones prepare to hear the Lord's Word.
(H/T to Blue Eyed Ennis where I found the great graphic above!)
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