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2014年2月9日 年間第5主日


第一朗読 イザヤ 58・7-10
第二朗読 Iコリント2・1-5
福音朗読 マタイ5・13-16







Pastoral Visit to Tokorozawa Catholic Church

February 9, 2014; Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

FIRST READING: Isaiah 58:7-10
SECOND READING: I Corinthians 2:1-5
GOSPEL: Matthew 5:13-16

In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us: “You are the salt of the earth […] You are the light of the world. […] Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven”.

Sometimes, we happen to encounter wonderful acts of love. In early October, 2013, one incident shook many hearts of the people in Japan: Ms. Natsue MURATA, a 40 yr-old lady lost her own life while trying to save a man. This lady stopped her car before a railroad crossing when the crossing gate was going down in front of her eyes. Just then, she saw an elderly man coming into the tracks from the opposite side, so she jumped off her car, saying, “I must save him…”. She forced her into the gate and ran towards the man to help him out. Immediately after that, a train approached, taking the life of the lady. The elderly man was slightly injured but safe. This very act of hers to save a stranger, I believe, is truly “letting shine the light” before all people.

Today’s First Reading teaches us that “to share bread with the hungry and bring the homeless into your house, cover the naked and help the needy” lets the “light break forth like the dawn”. The source of the light is God Himself, as in today’s Alleluia, we find Jesus say, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will have the light of life”.

In today’s reading from Isaiah, we heard the following words of the prophet: “If you take away from the midst of you the […] speaking wickedness, […] then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday” (v. 10) . We may not “speak wickedness” but we often commit sins with our tongues. In the west of Tokyo, there is a Buddhist temple called “Yakuō-in” on Mt. Takao, a popular spot for hikers. There, we see a board where ten lessons “Jūzenkai” are shown. Among the ten, four are warnings against speech.

Fu-mōgo ― Do not tell lies but speak honestly”, “Fu-kigo ― Do not speak vainly but think before you speak”, “Fu-akku ― Do not use foul words but use words of kindness” and “Fu-ryōzetsu ― Do not speak ill of others but use words of compassion”. I think these are good teachings. I hope we can all keep them into our hearts.

The first document of the Second Vatican Council begins with the words “Christ is the light of the nations”. The Church desires to receive the light from Christ and let it shine on all people. Let us also, receive the light from Christ and let it shine on people through our good words and deeds.

[Scripture quotations are] from The Revised Standard Version of the Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1965, 1966 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.