Mass Readings for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
- First Reading – Isaiah 58:7-10: "Share your bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and the homeless; clothe the naked when you see them, and do not turn your back on your own."
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 112: "The just man is a light in darkness to the upright."
- Second Reading – 1 Corinthians 2:1-5: "For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified."
- Gospel - Matthew 5:13-16: "Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father."
Themes for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
The readings for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time focus on evangelization and service. The first reading tells us that when we care for those in need, the darkness in our lives will turn to light. The second reading helps us remember that we do not rely on our own wisdom when we speak and act, but on God. And the gospel tells us that we should boldly spread the Light of Christ throughout the world.
- Works of mercy
- Salt and Light
- Good works
Resources for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Racism can be a difficult topic to discuss with teens. It is popular to think that we are "color blind". But the fact is that the playing field is not level and that minorities do not have the same advantages as the majority. This lesson plan on racism introduces the topic of institutional racism.
The gospels show us that Jesus reached out to those in need. His life is a model for how we should interact with others. One way to do this is through the Corporal Works of Mercy. Consider looking at these and doing one with the Catholic youth in your life
Homilies and Reflections for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
A homily for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A from Bishop Robert Barron. "Friends, we are reading from the marvelous Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. This week, we hear Jesus compare his disciples to three things: the salt of the earth, the light of the world, and a city set on a mountain. What do all three of these things have in common? They do not exist for themselves; rather, they exist for something else. How is your Christianity impacting the world around you—making it better and getting in the way of evil and wickedness?"
Jeff Cavins explains that God brings light and restores the world. And he uses his Church to do this. Jesus is emphasizing that we can't hide what we have been given. The world must see what God has done for us.
Being salt of the earth requires little sacrifices when times are tough. Father Mark-Mary gives an examples: When you’re having a tough day and you make yourself a cup of coffee, and when a friend walks in you give him that cup of coffee.
From Bishop Robert Barron. "At the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus compares his disciples to salt, light, and a city set on a hill. All these things exist not for themselves, but for something else. In the same way, Christians are meant to make the world a better place. The Christian responsibility is to affect the culture as salt, light, and a city on a hill."
Also from Bishop Barron. "I would like to concentrate on the marvelous passage from chapter 58 of the prophet Isaiah, which is our first reading for this weekend. This final section of Isaiah was written, the scholars tell us, after the return of the captives from Babylon, when Israel was trying once again to find its way. And so we find some very practical spiritual advice about engaging in concrete acts of love."
More Thoughts for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Isaiah 58:7-10 - A Light in the Darkness
The reading from Isaiah tells us that being devoted to God means taking care of those who need our help the most. God wants us to care from those on the margins. The list of actions which we should take are closely related to the Corporal Works of Mercy. Worshiping God also means using the gifts we have been giving to work for a just society.
We must do more than just pray for people. We are called to act. When we do this, then the darkness of society will be overcome with light. Malicious speech, hate, and condemnation will be less visible when our acts of love shine.
Matthew 5:13-16 - Salt and Light
The gospel also uses the image of light. The good things we do glorify God, for the Light of Christ is shining through us. This is how the Kingdom of God grows.
In this passage, Jesus compares his followers to salt and light. The idea is that Christians should have a positive influence on the world around them, just as salt enhances flavor and light illuminates darkness. By living a life of faith and doing good works, Christians can influence others and help spread the message of Christ. This is an essential act of Christian witness.
Jesus also tells us that salt loses its flavor, then it is no longer really salt. Similarly, if we are all talk, but we don’t understand the message of Christ crucified then we are missing a crucial characteristic of Christians. When people see our good works, then people can encounter Christ through us.
Reflection Questions for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
- When I see darkness in the world, do I try to bring light?
- How have I been a light recently?
- Where does my light need to shine this week?
Quotes and Social Media Graphics for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house.