Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

[excerpted from the January/February 2017 issue; by Sr. Dianne Bergant, CSA]

Light is an elemental cosmic reality, cherished by all peoples. In many cultures, it is also a symbol of divine presence and a characterization of divine blessing. It is with this latter meaning that the image of light is employed in today’s readings. The psalm response states the specific focus of this theme in a very straightforward manner: “The just one is a light in darkness to the upright.” One might ask: Just how do they do this? That answer is found in the first reading.