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5th Sunday of Ordinary Time A
February 9, 2014

Study of the Readings

Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings

The Word Embodied

Kavanaugh, S. J.

Christian Faith and Politics

Our faith, as St. Paul writes, is not communicated by the eloquence of high-sounding words or worldly wisdom. Clever argument and jaded rationalization are the very tools most often used to explain our faith away.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Salt and Fire

To be salt for the earth-oven is to start fires and make things burn. If Jesus’ disciples do this, they will also be “light of the earth.” The two images so masterfully joined show Jesus to be a clever and imaginative teacher.


Thoughts from the
Early Church

John Chrysostom

“Let your light shine before all,” Christ said; and he used the words “before all” advisedly. He meant, “Let your light be so bright that it illuminates not only yourself, but shines also before those needing its help.”


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

The Sermon on the Mount does not say that the disciples are to become the salt, that they are to become like a city on a hill or make themselves a light amid the darkness of the world. They are all those things, and that because Jesus has called them and they have responded.