Reflection on Luke 6:17, 20-26 ~
From my backyard, I watched the rising sun cast a subtle beam of light over an expanse of golden tassels of corn. With great joy, my senses consumed the beginnings of the new day. Within an hour or so, I will exit this wonder to enter a world filled with poverty, sadness, anger, intolerance, and selfishness. I hunger for the same taste throughout the day but it is elusive but every so often, I return to the mornings wonder. Lord, come down; let your glory bless, let love ripple through me to those in need.
Luke 6 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
17 He came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon.
Blessings and Woes
20 Then he looked up at his disciples and said:
“Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
21 “Blessed are you who are hungry now,
for you will be filled.
“Blessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.
22 “Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. 23 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.
24 “But woe to you who are rich,
for you have received your consolation.
25 “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.
26 “Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Luke 6:17, 20-26.