Collect: Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
Isaiah 58:1-9a (9b-12) . . . This is a denunciation of those who only act at their religion. There is a promise of the Lord’s favor for those who genuinely repent (strive towards a more loving mind-set — “Metanoia”) and care for the needy.
1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16) . . . Paul teaches the Corinthians that the wisdom of God is very different from the wisdom in which humans pride themselves. (God’s wisdom is “Metanoia” promises.)
Matthew 5:13-20 In this lesson we learn that disciples are like salt and as light to the world. They are to live even more righteously than pious scribes and Pharisees.
“Light Up the World” A You-Tube delivery by Father Michael Renninger, Pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Richmond, Virginia,