Sunday 17 February 2019
Week II Psalter. 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Jeremiah 17:5-8. Psalm 1:1-4. 1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20. Luke 6:17, 20-26.
Happy are they who hope in the Lord – Psalm 1:1-4.
‘Blessed are you who are poor.’
When Jesus introduces the Beatitudes he draws distinctions under the headings of ‘poor’ and ‘rich’. The poor are hungry now and they weep now. Their reward is in the after-life at peace in the presence of God. Their hunger will be satisfied and their weeping will be replaced with laughter. The rich on the other hand are not hungry now, they laugh now. At another time in another place, they will go hungry and they will mourn and weep.
The mission of Jesus and his disciples was especially concerned with the poor. When on mission, they themselves experienced poverty. Lord, we pray for the grace that we will draw close to the poor, forgotten, despised and demonised.