Soul Food for Sundays
A Reflection for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
5th February 2023
The readings for this Sunday come as a challenge and a warning, but as a consolation too. The text from Isaiah is reflective of many of the prophets who measure true righteousness and fidelity to God as how we live in community and treat each other:
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.
The vision of a world where the greed and self-interest of the powerful are reversed, and the poor and excluded are cherished has sustained those of human compassion whom Jesus referred to as ‘the salt of the earth’ and ‘light of the world’. The warning comes in the gospel text that if ‘salt becomes tasteless’ how can its taste be restored?
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