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As we move ever closer to the Lenten season, it's a good time to reflect on what it means to be a Christian.The Gospel reading for this week finds us called by Christ to light the world and to glorify God. How, exactly, we accomplish this task is something the Church has always taught us but—responding to the unique challenges of the modern age—she has made special efforts in recent decades to clarify and strengthen those teachings. Building on two major texts addressing this issue, this week's seminar will explore the roles, contributions, and responsibilities of the laity.
Thus says the LORD:
Share your bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and the homeless; clothe the naked when you see them, and do not turn your back on your own. Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your wound shall quickly be healed; your vindication shall go before you, and the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer, you shall cry for help, and he will say: Here I am! If you remove from your midst oppression, false accusation and malicious speech; if you bestow your bread on the hungry and satisfy the afflicted; then light shall rise for you in the darkness, and the gloom shall become for you like midday.
Jesus said to his disciples:
“You are the salt of the earth.
But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
You are the light of the world.
A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house.
Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”