Although Ash Wednesday won't be here until March 5, the first scripture for this coming 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. Good "food" for thought in any season!
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 contrasts his own preaching with that of others competing for the attention of the Corinthians.
Salt and light... that's what Jesus calls each of us to be...
What do you think?
Has our salt lost its flavor? Do we season the life around us?
Is the light of our faith set out on a stand - or hidden under a bushel basket?
Look here for this Sunday's scriptures and commentary on them If you're bringing children to Mass this weekend, look here for hints on helping young ones prepare to hear the Lord's Word.
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