The Word This Week

While the world may seem to be very indifferent to Christianity most of the time, it can be very critical of Christians who do not seem to be following the most basic tenet of their faith – to be a people of “good deeds”, as Jesus teaches in today’s portion of the Sermon on the Mount. While we may sometimes feel indignant about the world’s criticism of our faults, we have to remember that we are in a vital relationship with “the world” – we are to be its light. This means that we should welcome the world’s gaze and scrutiny of our actions and beliefs and we should, in a sense, be accountable to the world for the way we live. We should never be salt that loses its taste. This openness to the gaze of all is not for our own glory, however: it is so that others may find what we have found – their way to the Father.

Today’s Scripture (Psalter: Week 1)
Isaiah 58: 7 – 10
Response: Psalm 111.
The good man is a light in the darkness for the upright
he is generous, merciful and just.
The good man takes pity and lends,
he conducts his affairs with honour.

The just man will never waver;
he will be remembered for ever.
He has no fear of evil news;
with a firm heart he trusts in the Lord.

With a steadfast heart he will not fear;
open-handed he gives to the poor;
his justice stands firm for ever.
His head will be raised in glory.
(Sung Antiphon: The good man is a light in the darkness for the upright.)
1 Corinthians 2: 1 – 5
Acclamation for the Gospel:
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
I am the light of the world, says the Lord,
Anyone who follows me will have the light of life.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Matthew 5: 13 – 16
Prayer of the Faithful: R/. Lord, answer when we cry

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