On the 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time Jesus continues His Sermon on the Mount. But as is usually the case, the first reading sets the stage. The first reading is from the 3rd section of Isaiah which is the time Israel was set free from captivity and re-establishing itself as a nation in its homeland. The reading is a reminder to them to not make the same mistakes that got them in trouble before captivity. The reminder is to make sure that they are true to the covenant which shows itself in sharing, giving and blessing especially towards the less fortunate.
The Gospel directs us how to do this: we are to be salt and light by the divine grace of God by our loving concern for others especially the poor and oppressed. In other words, as disciples of Christ we are called to a response to the Gospel by putting our faith into action. We are to be good stewards of our blessings which results in glory to God. As Jesus put it very plainly, “Your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”
To the world this does not make sense. But St. Paul tells us in the second reading that this wisdom is from God Himself.
True disciples of Christ are imitators of Him in compassion and in love. They are good stewards of their gifts, true to the covenant of their Baptism. Why? For the glory of God!