Gospel Reflection for February 9, 2014, 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

3 Feb

Jesus said, “No one lights a lamp and puts it under a bushel basket.  The place for a lamp is on a stand where it gives light to all in the house.” 

Matthew 5:15

Jesus compares his disciples to light.  People made lamps in Jesus’ day from clay.  Household lamps were small enough for those in the family to carry them in the palms of their hands.  To get the most illumination, a family would set a lamp on a stand.

Roman rule kept Jewish people subjugated with little hope of being full active human beings.  Jesus encourages his disciples to be like lamps in the darkness.  He challenges them to stand tall and share their illumination with others.  As disciples today, the gospel challenges us to illuminate our society.

Describe a time when you have been a light for others.

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One Response to “Gospel Reflection for February 9, 2014, 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time”


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