Thus says the Lord:
Share your bread with the hungry,
and shelter the homeless poor,
clothe the man you see to be naked
and do not turn from your own kin.
Then will your light shine like the dawn
and your wound be quickly healed over.
Your integrity will go before you
and the glory of the Lord behind you.
Cry, and the Lord will answer;
call, and he will say, ‘I am here.’
If you do away with the yoke,
the clenched fist, the wicked word,
if you give your bread to the hungry,
and relief to the oppressed,
your light will rise in the darkness,
and your shadows become like noon.
The First reading at Mass today, the 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time, prepares us for the Gospel – we are not to be passive in the face of need. On the contrary we are to be the salt that brings about the fire of change, the light that helps people see what is right.
And the way we best do this is the way of love. We may be moved to passion, but we are not to respond with anger and wage war against evil and want. We need to let go of the violence – in action and in word – but simply to respond generously with ourselves and what we have. Make love not war…
- What might you do today?
Studio of Luca della Robbia: Jesus comforts a poor man. In the collection of the Louvre, Paris. Photograph (c) 2017, Allen Morris.