For Sunday the 5th of February, 2023 (Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany)
As we gather for worship on the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, we hear God describe the life He effects in those who follow Christ. Through Isaiah He contrasts a grudgingly dutiful obedience with the eager heartfelt response of those who have received the grace and favor of the LORD. By His apostle He distinguishes between human wisdom and the sure foundation of His divine power which He reveals to us through His Spirit. In the Gospel Jesus describes us as salt and light, bearing witness by our words and actions to our Savior’s love. As we hear and reflect on His Word, God is calling us to rely on His righteousness as we respond to His love.