Fr Tom Lavin
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Sunday, Feb 17th - The Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
(Meditations with permission from Intercom magazine)
Luke 6:17, 20-26
1. We are told that Jesus ‘fixed his eyes on the disciples’ before speaking. This suggests that he was about to say something that he really wanted them to take in. Surprisingly he then tells them it is no bad thing for us to be poor or hungry. But perhaps you have recognised the truth in what St. Augustine said: ‘You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.’
2. ‘Blessed are you who weep’ is not an encouragement to be miserable. Rather it is an affirmation of the importance of loving relationships in life. We are blessed to have such people in our lives, but there may also be pain. Yet is it not true that the blessing of loving and being loved is worth the price you pay?
3. Jesus said that his followers would be open to opposition and ridicule because of him, and that they are blessed when this happens. Unpleasant it may, but have you not been grateful on those occasions when you had the courage to stand by something that you believed in?
John Byrne OSA
The Deep End • How happy
What’s so great about being poor, or hungry, or sad? On the surface, these Beatitudes of Jesus seem very strange: ‘How happy are you who are poor’. Surely it is better to be wealthy, to be well fed, and to enjoy good times – or to at least be comfortable and content?
But Jesus is not interested in comfort, or in maintaining the status quo. The Jesus of Luke’s Gospel is something of a revolutionary. He has come to turn the social order on its head: last becomes first and least becomes greatest. His concern is always for the poor and marginalised.
Jesus’ vision is of a world where the unjust structures that cause poverty, hunger and oppression are swept away. Sadly, as we hear on the news every day, inequalities in our world with regard to wealth, education, health and opportunities remain as stark as ever. Speaking about how we can tackle injustice today, Pope Francis has offered six ‘new Beatitudes’ for the modern Christian. Like the teachings of Jesus, they remind us that the task of the Christian is to tackle injustice and to act in solidarity with those on the margins of society.
Pope Francis’ ‘new Beatitudes’ include:
Blessed are those who renounce their own comfort in order to help others. Blessed are those who look into the eyes of the abandoned and marginalised and show them their closeness. Blessed are those who protect and care for our common home.
Athlone, Co Roscommon