Today is the first of 6 weeks where we will hear from chapters 3, 4 and 5 of Matthew’s Gospel.
In a pattern similar to during advent, the lectionary pairs these portions of Matthew’s gospel to the prophecies Isaiah to which they refer.
Today’s pairing makes it clear; Jesus is the light that has arisen for the people who sit in darkness and dwell in a land overshadowed by death.
Today’s gospel reading also contains several important elements which we will continue to hear throughout the upcoming weeks.
1. Jesus preaches
2. Jesus calls
3. Jesus heals
The United States Conference Council of Bishops (USCB) has produced a statement that takes it’s name from the readings which we will be hearing over the next 6 weeks. The document is titled: Communities of Salt and Light: Reflections on the Social Mission of the Parish.
Here are just a few highlights from my initial reading:
1. To be Christian means to be actively involved in Christ's mission
2. The local parish is where this work begins
3. As Catholics we are called to reach beyond our own community.
Jesus is calling us to bring His light to the world - The work of Christmas begins.
Blessed to be in ministry at St. Mary's,