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Blessings and Woes (Luke 6:20-26)

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Today’s Readings

  • Reading I:  Colossians 3:1-11
  • Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 145
  • Gospel Reading: Luke 6:20-26

Our Life Hidden in Christ

For the Catholic, what is hoped for is already a reality present in the baptized in germine, in seed-like form that has to be nurtured and cared for. The way of life of the Catholic — his faith — is evidence that there is something there already, thus, the sacraments for example which are there to sustain the divine life in us as we go on our earthly pilgrimage.

Read more here.

Blessings and Woes

The blessings and the woes are pronounced over the disciples. Just before the beginning of the sermon, we are told that a large number of disciples had gathered at the plain where Jesus was and a crowd who wanted to be healed. But it is to the disciples that Jesus pronounces his words. Seen in the background of the Honor-Shame value system of Palestine, blessings and woes can be understood as referring to those considered honorable by Jesus ("Blessed are you…") and those who are not ("Woe to you…"). Understood this way, the blessings and woes are for those disciples who have either proven their allegiance to Jesus and those who have not.

Read more from Otium Sanctum: The Blessed Disciple

Colossians 3:1-11
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1Therefore, if you be risen with Christ, seek the things that are above; where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God:
2Mind the things that are above, not the things that are upon the earth.
3For you are dead; and your life is hid with Christ in God.
4When Christ shall appear, who is your life, then you also shall appear with him in glory.
5Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, lust, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is the service of idols.
6For which things the wrath of God cometh upon the children of unbelief,
7In which you also walked some time, when you lived in them.
8But now put you also all away: anger, indignation, malice, blasphemy, filthy speech out of your mouth.
9Lie not one to another: stripping yourselves of the old man with his deeds,
10And putting on the new, him who is renewed unto knowledge, according to the image of him that created him.
11Where there is neither Gentile nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian nor Scythian, bond nor free. But Christ is all, and in all.
Luke 6:20-26
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20And he, lifting up his eyes on his disciples, said: Blessed are ye poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
21Blessed are ye that hunger now: for you shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for you shall laugh.
22Blessed shall you be when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.
23Be glad in that day and rejoice; for behold, your reward is great in heaven. For according to these things did their fathers to the prophets.
24But woe to you that are rich: for you have your consolation.
25Woe to you that are filled: for you shall hunger. Woe to you that now laugh: for you shall mourn and weep.
26Woe to you when men shall bless you: for according to these things did their fathers to the false prophets.

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