Appleton, WI

Homily Connect: Feb. 9

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

  IS 58:7-10 | 1COR 2: 1-5 | MT 5:13-16

Discussion Questions

  1. Name someone you know who spreads the salt and light of Jesus in the world. Explain.
  2. Name one of your personality traits or abilities that you might own as your salt or light.
  3. What are your challenges of being salt and light?
  4. What could be the greatest impact in a parish family if we chose to intentionally be salt and light when we were together?
  5. Name specific ways it might impact our neighborhood or world.

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Live Connected – Simple Ways to Keep the Message Alive During The Week

  • Put the Scripture passage in a place where it can be seen each day.
  • Consider your routine for the day. Be intentional about being salt and light in one or two moments your day.
  • If you are not currently serving in a parish ministry, consider one that might be of great interest to you and a good fit. Pray about it.

Attitude/Heart Change

To believe and embrace my ability and responsibility to be the salt and the light on behalf of Jesus in my family, parish, neighborhood and world,

Action/Life Change/ Heart Change

To identify ways that I am being salt and light today and to stretch my reach to include others in my everyday circumstance and beyond

Scripture Focus

Jesus said to his disciples: You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.  You are the light of the world.  A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.  Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house.  Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.

The Sermon on the Mount

Most likely not given on one occasion.  It covers Chapters 5, 6 and 7 of Matthew’s Gospel

We are Jesus’ Disciples

Energized by Jesus’ love, a disciple strives to think feel and act like him.

The Salt of the Earth

Experiences at Holy Family Parish in Marinette

The Light of the World

Sr. Helen Prejean dedicated her life as a prolife advocate in trying to end the death penalty in the U.S. Her work is portrayed in the movie Dead Man Walking. She is the author of River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey.

Our Baptism

Each of us received the Light of Christ.  We bring our hearts filled with desire like an unlighted candle to the Lord who fires it up with his marvelous love-a love that is not simply kept for ourselves but meant to be shared with others.