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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

On this Sunday we are asking that our hearts may by so fashioned by God's grace as to become dwelling places pleasing to God.

The Responsorial Psalm tells us that "Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

The Gospel has the Beatitudes according to Luke's Gospel:
"Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom 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. … and then come the woes: Woe to the rich, etc.

The reflection by Walter Burghardt in "Giving Us This Day", turns the woes around. He says that "fortunate, happy are you who are rich, rich in money or power, in talent or time, because you can do so much for the poor, can lift the yoke of the oppressed. Bus blessed only if you have the mind of the poor, the mind of Christ. Only if you recognize that you may not do what you will with what you have...."

I have not room nor time to copy all, but it is something to reflect on today about turning the woes around!                                                                                             

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