Homiletic Tips for 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time A
by: Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, DD
We are called to let the light of Christ shine by making his presence felt in the world by our words and actions:
1)Rdg from Isaiah: God through the prophet tells the people that their light will shine if they share their bread to the hungry, shelter the poor who are homeless and clothe the naked;
2) Resp Psalm: The psalmist says that the good man is a light in the darkness for the upright;
3) Rdg from Corinthians: St. Paul testifies that his vocation and mission to the community comes from the light of Christ, the power of the Holy Spirit, the power of God;
4) Gospel of Matthew: Discipleship means being salt of the earth and light of the world. Has your being Christian brought the spiritual flavor of Jesus to others? Has the light of Christ in you illuminated the world darkened by sin?;
5) A final thought: Recall the people who have inspired us because they have become authentic witnesses of Christ; they have lighted our way so that we can become good human beings and Christians; through them, we have also become a particle of light for others to find the way to Jesus.
Advise to preachers: Your homily must enlighten and not obscure. Preach with simplicity and depth.