Vol: 44, No.12 5TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( A) February 05 2017  
Come, let us worship God and bow low before the God who made us, for he is the Lord our God (Ps 94:6-7).

Today’s Gospel commands that as salt and light a Christian first has to discover all that he has and second to become aware of all that the world needs. However at times one does not spend enough time to discover one’s hidden talents let alone using them for the glory of God and for the well-being of the society. Consequently a person remains either a self-centred devotee or ambitious person with a selfish agenda. Let us ask God to give us the wisdom to spend time with ourselves, the spirit of discernment and the generosity to serve humankind. (Pause)

I confess to almighty God/and to you,/my brothers and sisters,/that I have greatly sinned,/in my thoughts and in my words,/in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,/through my fault,/through my fault,/through my most grievous fault;/therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,/all the Angels and Saints,/and you,/my brothers and sisters,/to pray for me to the Lord our God.
Glory to God in the highest...
Keep your family safe, O Lord, with unfailing care, that relying on the hope of heavenly grace they may be defended always by your protection. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in
the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
(In this reading we hear about the true meaning of fasting. Fasting is not merely a ritual or a cultic act. It is the source of inspiration to serve humanity on account of one’s love for God).
A reading from the Book of Isaiah (58:7-10)
Thus says the Lord, “Share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, cover him, and do not hide yourself from your own flesh. Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, Here I am. “If you take away from the midst of you the yoke, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.”
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (111)
Response: The good man is a light in the darkness for the upright.
He is a light in the darkness for the upright: he is generous, merciful and just. The good man takes pity and lends, he conducts his affairs with honour. R/
The just man will never waver: He will
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