Study, Pray, Serve: 5th Sunday of the Year

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Let’s explore some of the themes in the readings for the 5th Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Isaiah 58:7-10

  • The prophet exhorts the people to corporal works of mercy: sharing food; sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, responding to the needs of others.
  • The Lord responds to us when we care for others, and the Lord’s light shines upon us.

Psalm – 112:4-9

  • “The just man is a light in darkness to the upright.”
  • Light shines upon those who care for the needs of others.

2nd Reading – 1st Corinthians 2:1-5

  • Paul reminds the people that he came to them speaking of Christ crucified.
  • He gave the message simply and without demonstrations of power, so that they would trust in God alone.

Gospel – Matthew 5:13-16

  • Jesus teaches that we are salt and light, meant to use what we have been given for the good of others.
  • When we let our light shine, we give glory to our heavenly Father.

Mass Readings – 5th Sunday of the Year


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About Fr. Andrew Ricci

A Catholic priest since 1997, Fr. Andrew Ricci is currently the rector of the Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior, WI. His website "Three Great Things" can be found at and his podcasts can be found under "Catholic Inspiration" in the iTunes store. View all posts by Fr. Andrew Ricci

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