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Liturgical Readings for : Sunday, 5th February, 2023
Today's Readings
Léachtaí Gaeilge

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

General Themes: The Beatitudes are how Jesus describes his own values in life and his wish for us that we should live in tune with these advisories  for the development of God’s  new world.


A reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah         58:7-10
Theme: When will your light shine like the dawn

Thus says the Lord:

Share your bread with the hungry, and shelter the homeless poor,

clothe the man you see to be naked and  turn not from your own kin.
Then will your light shine like the dawn and your wound be quickly healed over.

Your integrity will go before you and the glory of the Lord behind you.
Cry, and the Lord will answer; call, and he will say, ‘I am here’.

If you do away with the yoke, the clenched fist, the wicked word,
if you give your bread to the hungry, and relief to the oppressed,
your light will rise in the darkness, and your shadows become like noon.

The Word of the Lord               Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm          Ps 111

Response                              The good man is a light in the darkness for the upright.

1. 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.         Response

2. The just man will never waver:
he will be remembered for ever.
He has no fear of evil news;
with a firm heart he trusts in the Lord.     Response

3. With a steadfast heart he will not fear;
open-handed, he gives to the poor;
his justice stands firm for ever.
His head will be raised in glory.                  Response


A reading from the first letter of St Paul to Corinthians  2:1-5
Theme: During my stay with you, the only knowledge I claimed to have was about Jesus, and only about him as the crucified Christ.

When I came to you, brothers, it was not with any show of oratory or philosophy, but simply to tell you what God had guaranteed. During my stay with you, the only knowledge I claimed to have was about Jesus, and only about him as the crucified Christ. Far from relying on any power of my own, I came among you in great ‘fear and trembling‘ and in my speeches and the sermons that I gave, there were none of the arguments that belong to philosophy; only a demonstration of the power of the Spirit. And I did this so that your faith should not depend on human philosophy but on the power of God.

The Word of the Lord                  Thanks be to God.

Gospel Acclamation             Jn 8:12
Alleluia, alleluia!
I am the light of the world, says the Lord,
anyone who follows me will have the light of life.


The Lord be with you.                          And with your spirit
A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew        5: 13-16
Theme: You are the light of the world.

light of the worldJ
said to his disciples:
You are the salt of the earth. But if salt becomes tasteless, what can make it salty again? It is good for nothing, and can only be thrown out to be trampled underfoot by men.

‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill-top cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp to put it under a tub; they put it on the lamp-stand where it shines for everyone in the house.

In the same way your light must shine in the sight of men, so that, seeing your good works, they may give the praise to your Father in heaven.’

The Gospel of the Lord          Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The scripture readings are taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with permission of the publishers.

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