February 6, 2011, Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
"You are the salt of the earth ... the light of the world." (Matthew 5:13,14)
1. Isaiah 58:7-10
2. 1Corinthians 2:1-5
3. Gospel of Matthew 5:13-16 (Readings Here)
REFLECTION: Each of us experiences times of darkness when we think that even God has left us. Darkness can come from loss of a friend, or a job, or health, one’s home. When light begins to dawn, it is usually from some other person’s kindness and support.
PRAYER: Lord God, with your presence we can see all things in a new way. Without you all is darkness. Be our light and keep us always in your care. Amen.
Monday: At times various peoples are in terrible darkness. Take time today to pray for those experiencing disasters caused by earth processes.
Tuesday: Meditate today on times in your life when you experienced God’s love and light through another person.
Wednesday: As we enter into the season of Lent, take time today to plan how you will celebrate Lent. What specifically can you do as a family?
Thursday: Pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary today with your family.
Friday: One of the suggested practices for Lent is almsgiving. Think today of those charities that you might support during Lent.
Saturday: Review the reading for the Sunday liturgy. Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7, Romans 5:12-19, and Matthew 4:1-11.
PRAYER: Lord God, we thank you for the gift of salt. It flavors our food and keeps the water in our bodies in proper balance. The salt of your living presence gives us joy and hope. By our actions and attitudes may we pass these on to all the world. Amen.
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