Luke 6:20-31, Then he looked up at his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. “Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets. “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. “Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry. “Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep. “Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets. “But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you.
Food for Thought:
The Beatitudes are the set of teachings by Jesus that begin “Blessed are…”, and appear in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. The term beatitude comes from the Latin adjective beātitūdō which means “happy”, “fortunate”, or “blissful.” The Beatitudes are one of the most familiar passages for people. The idea of blessing is a neat one to explore. What are the blessings in your life? How are you seeking to bless others with your life? Who has been a blessing to you?
O Ancient of Days, through the outpouring of your Holy Spirit you comfort and bless all creatures. Gather all those who weep in despair or loneliness, those who are hungry, naked, or poor, those who have withstood oppression and are bowed in anguish before violence. Grant that they may rejoice in the new life of justice and peace that you promised your people through the compassionate witness of Jesus. Amen.