Key words for the Readings for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Moloch equaling both salt and messenger, angel, and king
Tephel and table meaning tasteless and then seasoned. Table also means the world in the sense of cosmos
Oar and Yir sound like “Oar.” Oar means light, and Yir means city. Aorechem means to shine and is in the second person plural.”Are” means mountain or hill.
The lamp, candle, is a single light. It is placed on a menorah. One of the oldest symbols of the Jewish faith is the menorah, a seven-branched candelabrum used in the Temple. The menorah is a symbol of the nation of Israel and its mission to be “a light unto the nations.” “Behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and its seven lamps thereon; there are seven pipes, seven, to the lamps, which are upon the top thereof. ‘This is the word of the NAME unto Zerubbabel, saying: Not by might, nor by power, but by My spirit, says the NAME of the procession of the sky.” Zechariah 4:1-6
Ephah means both a dry measure of about two gallons, or character, disposition, or temper.
Perversion come from, “per- “away” and vertere “to turn.” The Hebrew traces its lineage from a word meaning simply, bent.
A Cash means crooked, and from this, perverted in the sense of obstinate, stubborn, intransigent, wilful, hardheaded.
If Jesus said the Sermon on the Mount in Aramaic, here is how he may have said it:
“You are the salt or messenger of the table.But if messenger becomes teffel, with what can it be become table? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
You are the Oar of the Olam. An Yir set on an Are cannot be Histor. Nor do they Oar a Nar and then put it under an Ephah; it is set on a me-nor-ah, where it gives Are to all in the house. Just so, your Oar must be Oar before others, that they may see your beautiful deeds and hold as weighty your heavenly Father.” Gospel for Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time.
Isaiah 59:9 “Justice is far from us, neither does Tsaddik/charity/justice overtake us; we look for light, but behold darkness, for brightness, but we walk in gloom.
Looks like the campaign theme from one of our presidential candidates last year. His solution to our problems is to make more nuclear weapons, slash funding for the poor, in particular those who speak funny, look funny, think differently, and the resident alien. We must remove the resident alien from out of our midst so we can take his job. The readings for the Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time speak to him and to those voting for him.
You shall not oppress or afflict a resident alien, for you were once aliens residing in the land of Egypt. You shall not wrong any widow or orphan. If ever you wrong them and they cry out to me, I will surely listen to their cry. My wrath will flare up, and I will kill you with the sword; then your own wives will be widows, and your children orphans. Exodus 22:20-23
Isaiah goes on and tells us in Isaiah 59, “the NAME”S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, neither His ear heavy, that it cannot hear; your perversions have separated you from your God, and your deviations have hid His face from you, that He will not hear. Your hands are made common with blood, and your fingers with perversions; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue muttered perversion. Your feet run to rot, and you make haste to shed innocent blood; your thoughts are thoughts of perversion, desolation and destruction are in their paths. The way of peace you know not, and there is no right in your goings; you have made them crooked/A Cash/hardheaded paths, whosoever goes therein doth not know peace.
If you remove from yourselves the balances, the sending out of the finger and the perverted/bent word; if you draw out/produce, to the starving, your soul, soul afflicted satisfy; then will arise in the darkness, your light, and the gloom shall become for you like midday. First Reading for the Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time.
Hardheartedness brings intolerance. Intolerance brings oppression. Oppression brings violence, and violence brings the blood, the lies we use to justify this behavior, perversion, rot, desolation and destruction God hates.
The reading does not speak of a simple giving of food to the poor. It speaks of sending out in the sense of producing our souls to the poor. It means becoming personally involved. Giving to charitable causes is nice. Sending out our hearts, means sending out our bodies also. It means seeing ourselves in these people. It means sending out our hearts to them. Sending out our souls as the original reading dictates means learning about the poor, caring for the poor, and from this caring, making sure the poor have all they need.
There is no room for sending out the finger, “They must have done something to deserve their poverty, so I can wash my hands of the problem.” Our passage makes clear what our nation must do so our light can shine to the whole world, and it is the exact opposite of what we voted for in the last election. It is dropping the excuses, and striving to be one nation, helping each other be all we can be.
There are two paths, one of life and one of death and the difference is great between the two paths. Now the path of life is this — first, love the God who made you, your neighbor as yourself, and not all things that you would not have done unto you, do unto another. Didache
As Catholics, we must be the messengers/salt to the world. Giving the current 1.5% of our income to charity is no longer acceptable. Having 5% of the world’s population and 25% of its prison population is no longer acceptable. I the NAME called you in Tsaddik/charity/justice, and have taken hold of your hand, and kept you, and set you for a Brit of the people, for a light of the nations. To open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.
There is no longer room for being A Cash/hardheaded. We remember; God found Pharaoh wanting. His disease was Sclerosis of the Heart/Hardened Hart. Hard-hearted is bad. Softhearted, sending out our hearts is good. The two ways before us are being succulent seasoned meat, soft/pliable/nutritious, a light, and on the contrary, being stubborn. Be like Jesus with the Samaritan woman in John, always looking for common ground, not compromising who we are, always being kind, giving unconditional love, but also sticking to our principles.
God calls us to be the messengers. He calls us to be like salt, messengers who add succulent flavor to the world. The Hebrew word for Gospel, Bashar, also means a succulent, tasty, cut of meat. Jesus then tells us of how we are to be the light of the world. We are the light of God’s seasoned world.
Jesus then speaks of a lamp, a single light. We do not put it under an Ephah, a measure. Isaiah also demands that we not send out the balances. That is God’s job. To give light means to love unconditionally. Our job is to make sure all have sufficient for their needs, regardless of what they may have done, or might do in the future. Our job is to become like a menorah, not one light, but a community of lights reaching out into the world to bring Tikkun/Healing.
Look to the policies of the politicians we elect. Ask, do they bring life, or do they bring death? “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits, you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Every beautiful tree bears beautiful fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. A beautiful tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear beautiful fruit. Every tree that not bearing beautiful fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. By their fruits, you will know them. Matthew 5:15-20