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Matthew 5:13-20 - Sunday Scripture Reflection

Updated: Feb 10, 2023

We gather for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany and we will continue to hear Jesus teaching his followers about discipleship and the blessings of being with God. We hear Jesus begin by speaking of being the "salt" of the world and shining the "light" of the world. He follows these two metaphors with some straightforward teaching that he has not come to eliminate what God has proclaimed in earlier times, but to redefine what God is doing in the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ, the one who came in God's name.

Our Scripture passage is found in the Gospel according to Matthew. You may find the Scripture lesson by selecting the following link: (Matthew 5:13-20).

For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):

  • Read the assigned Scripture lesson. Were there any images or thoughts that came to your mind while you read the metaphors of salt or light? Are there metaphors that might be more impactful for our lives today?

  • Read the "WHAT..." paragraph in the guide below and reflect on the author's statement, "Jesus read Torah no longer in the context of sin, but in the context of the kingdom." How does this different context of understanding change the interpretation of what God is doing in the Torah?

  • Read the "WHERE..." paragraph below and reflect on how you might "live righteously in ways consistent" with Jesus' interpretation of God's word.

  • Read the "SO WHAT..." paragraph below and reflect on the following: how can you or your community commit to show good works of faith to those outside your doors?

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