Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Times

Jer. 17:5-8 | Ps. 1:1-4, 6 | 1Cor. 15:12, 16-20 | Lk. 6:17, 20-26

Luke tells the story of Jesus coming down from the mountains and teaching the people a new way to live, that is the way of the Beatitudes.  Too often we only use the Ten Commandments for a measuring stick concerning the way to live our lives.  Jesus gives us a second measuring stick, the Eight Beatitudes.  These beatitudes call us to live our Christianity from the depth of our being.  We cannot be poor, just, merciful, etc. until we first put these ideas into the care of our being and learn how to live our lives in connection with all other human beings.  We cannot live segmented or surface lives if we follow the path of the Beatitudes.  Both the first and second readings contest statements that say there is no Resurrection and Jeremiah has strong language for those who put their trust in human beings.  We are called to place our trust in God and to believe that living a life based on the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes will bring us into living strong lives of discipleship.

Today, consider the Beatitudes.  Pick one that you need to put more effort into practicing.  Ask God for the grace to be strong and trusting in God’s care to lead you on the path to God.  Make a decision to do a specific action to help others.

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