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Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, February 5, 2023, the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)
- First Reading Isaiah 58:1-9a (9b-12)
- Psalm 112:1-9 (10)
- Second Reading 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16)
- Gospel Matthew 5:13-20
Daily Readings for Sunday, February 5, 2023
- Morning Psalms 103; 150
- First Reading Isaiah 57:1-13
- Second Reading Hebrews 12:1-6
- Gospel Reading John 7:37-46
- Evening Psalms 117; 139
This week Rose Schrott Taylor, the digital content editor at Presbyterian Outlook shares the lectionary reflection for the 5th Sunday after Epiphany. Click Here
Bible Trivia Question of the Week
Question: True or False: Jesus stayed away from people with bad reputations?
Answer can be found below.
Today’s Bible Reading
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
John 13: 34 – 35 The New International Version
Loving One Another as Christ Loves Us
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Loving one another is at the heart of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. This call to love is not just a suggestion, but a new commandment given to us by Jesus himself. And it is a commandment that sets us apart from the world and makes us known as followers of Christ.
What does it mean to love one another as Christ loves us? First and foremost, it means putting others before ourselves. This is a radical kind of love that is willing to sacrifice and serve, even when it is uncomfortable or inconvenient. Just as Jesus laid down his life for us, we are called to lay down our lives for others.
But this kind of love is not just about sacrifice and service. It is also about seeking the best for others, even when it means giving up our own desires and plans. It is about extending grace and forgiveness, even when it is difficult. And it is about seeking to understand and accept others, even when we disagree with them.
So let us commit ourselves to loving one another as Christ loves us. Let us seek to put others before ourselves, to extend grace and forgiveness, and to seek understanding and acceptance. And may our love for one another be a witness to the world of the love of Jesus Christ.
Thought for This Week
Is life not full of opportunities for learning love? Every man and woman every day has a thousand of them. The world is not a playground; it is a schoolroom. Life is not a holiday, but an education. And the one eternal lesson for us all is how better we can love. What makes a man a good artist, a good sculptor, a good musician? Practice. What makes a man a good man? Practice. Love is not a thing of enthusiastic emotion. It is a rich, strong, manly, vigorous expression of the whole Christian character – the Christlike nature in its fullest development. And the constituents of this great character are only to be built up by ceaseless practice.
Songs of the Week –
There is Power
Who Am I
Answer to this week’s Bible Trivia
Answer: False. He often ate with “sinners.”
If anyone has not asked Jesus to come into their heart, take a few minutes and pray the prayer listed below to start your personal relationship with JESUS. Find a Bible based Church, attend Bible studies, and get involved with the with the family of God. We are All sinners, by God’s Love we can be forgiven by His Grace.
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior.
Have a Blessed Week!