“A city set upon a mountain cannot be hidden”

Reflection for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time by FAN Board Vice President Br. Paul Crawford, OFM Cap.

This reflection was originally posted in our February 3rd newsletter


The readings for Sunday Feb. 9th, the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, are good ones for those of us who try and witness the Gospel Values in the Marketplace. In fact the Gospel is one that has been used by our founding Fathers and Sisters at the establishment of Plymouth Colony. Since I am from the area of that foundation I recognize words that were often repeated by various mayors, governors, and Church Leaders in the Greater Boston area. The words were used time after time to encourage speaking truth to Power and to engagement in political thought and agendas.

It speaks about a different vision that has a foundation on the Word of God and the moving of God’s Spirit among those who have accepted the Gospel.

I think of these words again and again whenever there is a moment for believers to stand and point to the moral foundations that our nation was built from. We see the value of these words when the faith community stands with those who feel they have no voice in the public forum. We also see how at times these words are used by people with different agendas. It is then that we realize how important it is to speak the truth to power and how our involvement in the public forum is so important.

My prayer and hope is that this righteous stand is one that does not exclude, but embraces “the other.” Our countries’ history, especially from that historical fact of a city on a hill, has at times excluded the “other.” The ‘other’ being the natives already living on the land that our ancestors arrived in. The ‘other’ being those who have sought refuge and safety for their families, but do not have documents and are looked at as trying to take something from those who are already here. The ‘other’ as someone of a different race, creed, or belief.

In the first reading from Isaiah, we see that only when we take action can the Glory of God be seen in our midst. Only when we embrace the ‘other’, feed the hungry, give comfort to the affected, can the Light rise from us in the darkness. Only when we think “Yes we can”, will the Spirit of God be free to move and work among us in power.

Let us all pray that we will see the Light of God in what we say and what we do.

Br. Paul Crawford, OFM Cap.
FAN Board Vice President

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