Lectio Divina for The Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Read the following Scripture two or three times:
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.”
After the reading, take some time to reflect in silence on or more of the following questions:
– What word or words in this passage caught your attention?
– What in this passage comforted you?
– What in this passage challenged you?
Read the Scripture again, followed by this reflection:
What conversion of mind, heart, and life is the Lord asking of me?
But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? When have I experienced a dryness in my faith life?
How can I take time away to restore and renew my faith?
A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. When have I tried to hide my beliefs to avoid criticism or
mocking? How do I demonstrate my faith through my actions?
Your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.
How do my actions point toward God instead of myself? How do I place my God-given gifts in service to my bothers and sisters?
After a period of silent reflection recite the Lord’s Prayer.
Living the Word This Week
How can I make my life a gift for others in charity?
Pray for those who lack the freedom to live their faith in its fullness.