Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today the Church celebrates the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.  The Gospel account is another familiar one.  As the Sermon on the Mount continues, we hear Jesus speaking the following words to his disciples: “You are the salt of the earth…you are the light of the world.”  Can you imagine what they felt like upon hearing this?  First of all, when Jesus shared the Beatitudes, they were surprised to hear how blessed they were in the kingdom of God   It is not the rich and the powerful who take first place.  That was wonderful news!  Now they are told that they are the salt and the light – people who make a difference in the world and in the kingdom of God which is now at hand.  Jesus reveals to them Good News which they must live and share.  They must flavor the world with God’s love and light the lives of those whom they touch with the truth that God has sent a visible, incarnate sign of his loving presence to them.   Just as Jesus tells the disciples, so also he tells us: “Your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly father.”  This week, let us reflect upon how we take to heart those words of Jesus, and how our lives exemplify his light.


This weekend or next, you will see a new tapestry hanging in the corner of church near the painting of Saint John Paul II.  It is his coat of arms.  “It features a gold cross set against a blue backdrop.  The cross represents the central Christian Mystery of the Redemption.  The vertical part of the cross is shifted slightly to the left to make room for a capital Majestic M, which reminds us of Mary’s presence at Jesus’ death on the cross.  The motto of John Paul II, which accompanies his coat of arms and expresses his devotion to Mary, is the simple Latin expression, “Totus Tuus.”  It means “Totally Yours!” [motto not included on the tapestry] Located behind the pontiff’s personal coat of arms are the symbols of papal authority: the tiara and the keys of Saint Peter…which represent those given by Christ to the apostle Peter…” (copied from  The tapestry was given as a gift to the parish by one of our parishioners who prefers to remain anonymous.  We are most grateful for that donation.


Blessings on your week!

Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ