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5th Sunday of Year A – 2023

Today’s gospel text is very short, only four verses, but with a message that is very relevant, of course (Matthew 5:13-16).
The second part of the text about Jesus’ disciples being the light of the world, is well known to us.
But the first part may be less so…
Yet, Jesus starts with an unusual example: SALT.

The sight of a cook adding a pinch of salt to a dish is familiar to us.
We know well that this seasoning is required for any type of food to be tasty,
unless you have in mind a sweet recipe, of course.

But what about salt for… our lives, or the meaning of lives being tasty?

Perhaps before understanding about OUR lives being tasty,
we need to discover about God’s reaching out to us in ways that we experience as tasty! 

Psalm 34:8 tells us:
            “How good is the Lord – only taste and see!”

How do we actually taste this, you may wonder.
I personally believe that EXPERIENCE is the way to taste –
to taste God’s kindness and patience, God’s love and mercy, God’s compassion and… all that God is to us!
Our lives, from day to day, provide plenty of occasions… to taste this!

The apostle Peter, writing to the first Christians, speaks about this.
He says that, having been baptized,
            “You have tasted the goodness of the Lord.”   (1 Peter 2:3)

Once we have made the personal experience of God, then slowly, gradually, we will take on his ways.
Perhaps slowly but certainly, our ways will become more Christ-like –
this is the meaning of being a Christian.
Then, our way of thinking, acting and reacting, will have this special likeness to Christ.

This will give our way of being with people something that draws them to him –
a taste that is unmistakably good, “salt of the earth”, no less!

In fact, it is interesting to note that, in conversation, we sometimes hear people – good, kind, helpful people –
being referred to as salt-of-the-earth people!
Could it be said of me?…


Note: Another text is available on a different theme, in French at: https://image-i-nations.com/5e-dimanche-de-lannee-a-2023/


Source: Images: Unsplash   Facebook




World Wetlands Day – 2 February

World Wetlands Day is annually held on February 2 to celebrate how wetlands, which are lands saturated by water, help maintain biodiversity on Earth.

Wetlands play an important role in maintaining the ecosystem.

About World Wetlands Day

Wetlands are found near the sea or inland and can be seasonal – they are water logged only during parts of the year, or perennial. They play a crucial role in the ecosystem by:

  • Preventing flooding by absorbing water.
  • Ensuring that the soil provides a unique breeding ground for vegetation that feeds fish.
  • Giving shelter to animals.
  • Purifying water by removing sediment.

World Wetlands Day has been observed since February 2, 1997. The day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the Ramsar Convention in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971. The convention is a treaty on the preservation and sustainable use of wetlands.


Source: Text: https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/world/world-wetlands-day    Image: Unsplash

International Zebra Day – 31 January

International Zebra Day: Top 5 facts about these striped animals

On 31 January, people around the world will be marking International Zebra Day – a special day to celebrate these magnificent animals. Native to Africa, there are several species of zebra which can found in the wild in different countries across the continent. Zebras are social animals that live in large groups called herds in a variety of habitats including savannahs, grasslands and woodlands.

However, in some places zebras are under threat from habitat loss, climate change and poaching and the event also highlights the importance of protecting these striped species.

There are actually three different species of zebra: the plains zebra, the mountain zebra and the Grévy’s zebra. The most common species is the plains zebra with around 750,000 animals thought to live in the wild, however the largest of the three species, the Grévy’s zebra, is the most threatened. There are thought to be only around 2,500 Grévy’s zebras in the wild and the species has been listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

2. Every zebra has a different stripe pattern

Just as no two people have the same fingerprint, the same is true with zebras and their stripes – each animal has its own unique stripe pattern! Although, why these mammals have stripes is still baffling scientists, but there are a few different theories! Some experts believe it is to stop flies from landing on the creatures, or to help them cool down. While others think the stripes confuse predators such as lions, and protects the animals by dazzling others and masking their movements in an optical illusion!

3. Some zebras have spots!

Zebras are most famous for their distinctive black-and-white stripes, but did you know that not all of them are patterned in that way. Foals are actually born with brown and white stripes, which darken as they grow older. Zebras can also be affected by albinism, a rare genetic condition that results in little or no production of a pigment called melanin – which causes them to develop golden stripes.

Although very rare, zebras have also been spotted with spots instead of stripes!

4. Zebras spend most of their day eating

Zebras are herbivores and feed mostly by grazing on grasses, leaves, shrubs and fallen fruit. They have strong front teeth and special digestive systems which can breakdown highly fibrous plants, twigs and even bark! They graze for many hours each day, often spending up to 18 hours daily feeding in the wild! They also are known to travel hundreds of miles in their herds in search of more food and water.

5. They can run pretty fast!

Zebras are equine animals, and just like horses – they can walk, trot, canter and gallop! Even though they are mainly seen grazing and walking, they are actually capable of reaching speeds up to 40 miles per hour! Zebras rely on this speed as well as their agility and stamina to help them outrun predators. One trick they use, is to run in a zigzag direction to confuse other animals.

Source: Text: International Zebra Day: Top 5 facts about these striped animals – CBBC Newsround
Image: unsplash.com

World Leprosy Day – 29 January 2023

When is World Leprosy Day 2023?

In 2023, World Leprosy Day is Sunday 29 January. World Leprosy Day always takes place on the last Sunday of January.

This date was chosen by French humanitarian, Raoul Follereau as a tribute to the life of Mahatma Gandhi, who did much work with persons affected by leprosy and died at the end of January in 1948.

What is World Leprosy Day?

World Leprosy Day takes place on the last Sunday of January each year. It is organised by organisations of people affected by leprosy and leprosy-focused NGOs, including The Leprosy Mission, and is an opportunity to lift up the voices of people affected by leprosy throughout the world.

What is the theme for World Leprosy Day 2023?

The theme for World Leprosy Day 2023 is ‘Act Now: End Leprosy’.

Why do we celebrate World Leprosy Day?

We celebrate World Leprosy Day to raise awareness of a disease that many people think does not exist anymore.

Each year there are 200,000 people diagnosed with leprosy and there are millions who are living with the damaging consequences of delayed leprosy treatment.

World Leprosy Day is an opportunity to celebrate the lives of those affected, raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of the disease, and tackle the stigma that too often surrounds leprosy. It is also an opportunity to raise money so that we can be the generation that ends leprosy transmission.


Source: Text (abridged) & Image: https://www.leprosymission.org/leprosy-champions/

4th Sunday of Year A – 2023

It is interesting to observe people in a food store, or supermarket.
Many of them look closely at the product searching for… the ‘use by date’, or expiration date.
They are conscious that different items will be good only for a certain time, for a limited period.
They would rather choose an article that will last longer – it is better value for money!

Is it not strange that people do not do the same when looking… at life?
It is obvious that a human life has a limited number of years.
We may like to forget, but we know it all too well: our days are counted!
What gives value to our life?
What are the long-lasting things that make a human existence worthwhile?…

The readings of today’s celebration are shedding some light on this.
Writing to the Corinthians, the apostle Paul tells them (1 Corinthians 1:26-31):

“Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

To boast is to be proud of something, to be happy about one’s success:
the realization of something worthwhile, the achievement of a valuable goal.
What are the things that can give us such feeling of having achieved something worthwhile?

We often look for experiences that will be satisfying.
We launch into adventures that we expect to be gratifying.
But the ‘use by date’ of these experiences and adventures often proves to be short-lived.
We end up being dissatisfied and disappointed…

The first words of the 1st reading tell us (Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13):  
“Seek the Lord…”

The Lord, he is the one who gives meaning to what we are and live.
He gives a direction towards the long-lasting situations that we are longing for.

In today’s gospel text (Matthew 5:1-12), he mentions eight areas where we can find,
not only long-lasting, but e v e r l a s t i n g happiness.

Of course, the choice remains ours…

Note: Another text is available on a different theme, in French at: https://image-i-nations.com/4e-dimanche-de-lannee-a-2023/


Source: Images: Free Images     Decatur Presbyterian Church

3rd Sunday of Year A – 2023

People are sometimes inclined to abandon what they consider old-fashioned.
They want to get rid of clothes, furniture, or belongings, that they see as no longer in fashion.
Some go further and try to move away from ways of thinking and values which they call ‘ancient’.

It is strange but, sometimes, ‘old’ things and ways can take on a very contemporary appearance!
This reflection came to me as I read the 2nd reading of this Sunday (1 Corinthians: 1:10-13,17).
Paul is writing to the first Christians of Corinth and uses strong language to bring them to their senses!

It has been reported to him that, among different groups of Christians, there are divisions.
They oppose one another by taking sides for the different messengers who brought God’s message to them: Apollos, Cephas, Paul.

Paul asks them:
“Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul?”

We may think the Corinthians receiving this letter of Paul are people of ancient times, yet…
It could be that we resemble them in more ways than one…

Some years ago, I visited a town where, at an intersection of four streets, I saw three different churches!
Each place received Christians of different denominations.
People attending services in each place claimed they were Christians.
They possibly looked down upon men and women entering a different place of worship.
Each group surely considered themselves the true believers, the authentic followers of Christ.

We may ask ourselves what Christ himself thinks!…

Paul tells the Corinthians:
“I appeal to you… that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.

This may seem an impossible ideal, a remote possibility.
There are many ways of understanding the Christian message.
Teachers and preachers will present different angles, stress different aspects, bring nuances to this or that part of Christ’s message.

But one thing remains certain: Christ is NOT divided.
And he, himself, calls us to unity in our commitment to him.
On the eve of his death, he prayed to his Father precisely for this:

“May they be one, Father, even as we are one…” (John 17:22)

Could we fail to pray – and live – as Jesus prayed for?…


Note: Another text is available on a different theme, in French at: https://image-i-nations.com/3e-dimanche-de-lannee-a-2023/


Source: Image: Scripture Images

2nd Sunday of Year A – 2023

Every week, we reflect on the Bible texts of a given Sunday, or Feast Day.
Most times, we focus on the words of one of the readings.
Today, one verse of the Psalm, used as a response to the 1st reading, has caught my attention(Psalm 40:1-2,4,7-11).

“The Lord has stooped to me and he heard my cry for help.”
Another translation says: “He inclined unto me and he heard my cry.”

This is an amazing statement from the Psalmist.
God has stooped, he has inclined, he has bent down, he has come low, to reach him!

It is amazing, yes, but it is exactly what we have lived these past weeks!
We have been celebrating the feast of Christmas – God becoming one of us, a human being like us.
This is how far down, how much bending and stooping God has done!

When the word ‘GOD’ is heard, people usually think of:

  • power and glory,
  • magnificence and transcendence,
  • eminence and splendor.

But God thinks of… a baby in a manger!

A poor, helpless, dependent child – this is God!
Strangely, sadly… we often look for another one…

The text of the Psalm goes on with the words:
             “Happy the one who trusts in the Lord.”
Yes, the Lord of whom the Psalmist tells us about, the One who stoops and bends down –
he is the one who can give us the happiness we long for.
The happiness we have been wishing one another for this new year, he is ready to give it to us…
If only we dare to turn to him…

Note: Another text is available on a different theme, in French at: https://image-i-nations.com/2e-dimanche-de-lannee-a-2023/


Source: Image: LDS Scripture of the Day

Feast of the Epiphany, Year A – 2023

Meeting someone on the road – a friend, a neighbour, a colleague – the questions often arise:
“Where are you coming from? Where are you going?”

The place a person has left from, and the place where he/she is going to.
The point of departure and the planned destination…
It seems obvious that being on the road implies this.

The gospel text of today leads us to meet some people who are precisely on the road (Matthew 2:1-12).

Magi – wise men coming from the East, we are told.
And they are going to a place they are not too sure about… some mysterious destination.
At one point on the way, they will stop to ask more about it saying:

“Where is the infant king of the Jews?”

This question would not be asked nowadays.
But THE question that should be asked is…
Where do I come from and… where am I going… in life?!

We may not be able to change anything to where we have been so far,
but we, definitely, can do something about where we are moving to…

A destination… some people call it ‘a goal’ which they pursue with all the energy they can muster.
Something they have fixed for themselves to reach, no matter the cost.
A few would say: “Something worth living for, something worth dying for…”

At the beginning of a new year, it is good to ask: ‘Do I have such a purpose in life?’
What if this were not a place but… a Person?…
No longer “The infant king of the Jews”, but the one who has revealed himself as “God-with-us”.

Because this is the one who is, not only our destination, but our faithful companion on the road…
The Magi could not yet know him as such, but we do!
Or… do we?…

Note: Another text is available on a different theme, in French at: https://image-i-nations.com/fete-de-lepiphanie-annee-a-2023/


Source: Images: Unsplash    Blendspace



World Braille Day – 4 January

Every year on January 4th, World Braille Day reminds us of the importance of accessibility and independence for those who are blind or visually impaired.

About 36 million people around the world are blind. By 2050, the number of people diagnosed with blindness is predicted to rise to 115 million. Those who are blind or who have severe vision impairments face many challenges in life. Some of these challenges include navigating new environments, using a computer, handling cash, and arranging clothes.

Blind people have ways to successfully deal with many of these situations. In today’s world, advanced technology and voice activation make a blind person’s life much more manageable. But one invention, in particular, has helped countless numbers of blind people. This invention is called braille and it was developed nearly 200 years ago. Braille gives blind people the ability to read and even write letters. The system consists of raised dots that form letters and words which are read by touch.

Louis Braille

Louis Braille invented the reading system of raised dots in 1824. Born on January 4, 1809, in France, Louis would lose his sight after an accident in his father’s harness shop at the age of three. He would later attend the National Institute for Blind Children in Paris. There, his interest in music would benefit him when at the age of 10 he would meet Charles Barbier, a captain in Napolean’s army. The captain taught the students about a communication code using dots called Night Writing. Combining his knowledge of music and the inspiration of code communication, Louis Braille invented a 6 dot fingertip reading system when he was only 15 years old.

Louis died in 1852, two years before France’s Royal Institute for the Blind Youth adopted a braille curriculum. By 1916, schools in the United States were teaching braille to their blind students.


Source: Text & Image: https://nationaldaycalendar.com/world-braille-day-january-4/

Feast of Mary, Mother of God, Year A – 2023

When joining a group of people, it is always interesting to notice what the people present are doing.
A little like the actors in a scene, their actions and reactions to one another can reveal much to us.

The readings of the texts of the Bible can somehow do the same.
It is especially true of the texts of the gospels.


Today’s feast presents us with the gospel of the visit of the shepherds to the new-born Child in Bethlehem.

The narrative tells us (Luke 2:16-21):

The shepherds hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby.
They spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child.
All who heard it were amazed.
Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen.”


The text speaks of:

– haste to find something and discovering…
– sharing with others this discovery…
– treasuring and pondering…
– glorifying and praising God…

Could this not be for us the plan of the new year about to unfold?

  • Discovering the meaning of our human existence, discovering God in our day-to-day lives…
  • Sharing with others what we have perceived of God’s presence…
  • Treasuring this gift of a new understanding, keeping on reflecting…
  • Glorifying and praising God for all that he reveals to us of himself, of ourselves…

A promising travel plan… for a hopeful journey…


Note: Another text is available on a different theme, in French at: https://image-i-nations.com/fete-de-marie-mere-de-dieu-annee-a-2023/


Source: Image: Adam Hamilton