Readings for 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

First Reading
Is 58:7-10

Your light shall break forth like the dawn.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah

Thus says the LORD:
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.
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
   and your wound shall quickly be healed;
your vindication shall go before you,
   and the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer,
   you shall cry for help, and he will say: Here I am!
If you remove from your midst
   oppression, false accusation and malicious speech;
if you bestow your bread on the hungry
   and satisfy the afflicted;
then light shall rise for you in the darkness,
   and the gloom shall become for you like midday.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 112:4-5, 6-7, 8-9

R. :

R. (4a) The just man is a light in darkness to the upright.
R. Alleluia.

Light shines through the darkness for the upright;
   he is gracious and merciful and just.
Well for the man who is gracious and lends,
   who conducts his affairs with justice.

R. The just man is a light in darkness to the upright.
R. Alleluia.

He shall never be moved;
   the just one shall be in everlasting remembrance.
An evil report he shall not fear;
   his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.

R. The just man is a light in darkness to the upright.
R. Alleluia.

His heart is steadfast; he shall not fear.
   Lavishly he gives to the poor;
his justice shall endure forever;
   his horn shall be exalted in glory.

R. The just man is a light in darkness to the upright.
R. Alleluia.

Second Reading
1 Cor 2:1-5

I have announced to you the mystery of Christ crucified.

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

When I came to you, brothers and sisters,
   proclaiming the mystery of God,
   I did not come with sublimity of words or of wisdom.
For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you
   except Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
I came to you in weakness and fear and much trembling,
   and my message and my proclamation
   were not with persuasive words of wisdom,
   but with a demonstration of Spirit and power,
   so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom
   but on the power of God.

Gospel Acclamation
Jn 8:12

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
whoever follows me will have the light of life.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mt 5:13-16

You are the light of the world.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus said to his disciples:
“You are the salt of the earth.
But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned?
It is no longer good for anything
   but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
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.
Just so, your light must shine before others,
   that they may see your good deeds
   and glorify your heavenly Father.”

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Then he kisses the book, saying quietly:

Through the words of the Gospel
may our sins be wiped away.

Homilies / Gospel Reflections


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