Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In today’s Gospel, we hear Luke’s version of the Beatitudes. There are only four and they have contrary woes (or sorrows) attached to them. The poor, the hungry, the mourning, those who are hated or excluded are the ones who will be blessed. While the rich, the filled, the laughing, those who are spoken well of are the ones who will be grieving. These blessings and woes are more than just economic classes or emotional states of individuals. Rather, Jesus is telling us that if we live our lives for God and in conformity with His son Jesus Christ, then we will be blessed now and in the next life. And if we live a life of selfishness, oblivious to the need of others and with no thought of God, then our life will end as one of woe. This is the opposite of what many people would expect. Yet, this is a truth of our faith which we must put our trust in. It is reflected in the many lives of the saints of our Church who we can emulate.
Have a blessed week!