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Musings and Messages: January 29, 2023

This week we continue to hear from the fifth chapter of Matthew. The passage immediately follows the Beatitudes and challenges us to be salt and light. In other words, to be “spicy” and “sparkly.” We are called to make a difference in the world. We use our gifts and talents to enliven the and rejuvenate society.

Salt gives flavor. So too should we add zest to life. Light illuminates the darkness. So too should we brighten up people’s lives. We are called to be a “light in the darkness” as Psalm 112 says. But how do we do this? The first reading from Isaiah gives us the roadmap: feed the hungry, shelter the oppressed and homeless, clothe the naked, and do not turn your back on your own. We are also reminded to remove “oppression, false accusation and malicious speech” from our midst.

In these few weeks prior to the beginning of Lent ask yourself, “How have I enlivened and enriched others? What have I done to show others the way to Christ?”

Msgr. Kasza giving a Homily