February 17, 2019: Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Reading: Luke 6:17, 20-26
Jesus came down with the twelve and stood on a stretch of level ground with a great crowd of his disciples and a large number of the people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon.
And raising his eyes toward his disciples he said:
“Blessed are you who are poor, for the reign of God is yours.
Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who are now weeping, for you will laugh.
Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude and insult you, and denounce your name as evil on account of the Son of Man.
Rejoice and leap for joy on that day!
Behold, your reward will be great in heaven.
For their ancestors treated the prophets in the same way.
But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
Woe to you who are filled now, for you will be hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now, for you will grieve and weep.
Woe to you when all speak well of you, for their ancestors treated the false
prophets in this way.”
This week we are instructed in the ways of happiness, but they are in stark contrast to what we perceive as happiness in the world around us.
Happiness is supposed to make us feel good, not suffer.
Through the Beatitudes we are taught that happiness comes because of our relationship with God. When God comes first in our lives the reign of God is ours through our perseverance in faith.
Society tells us that happiness is in what we possess and how we are esteemed. Jesus offers us another avenue for our well-being. The challenge requires changing our lives if we are to have everlasting life.
What are you called to do to become “poor” in the eyes of God?