6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Published on Feb 16th, 2019 by Parish Office | 0

My Dear St. Bernadette Family,

“Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.” is our response psalm today. The gospel affirms this as Jesus gave the “Sermon on the Plain” with the litany of “blessed are you” statements.

Picture of the Sermon on the mount, by Carl Heinrich Bloch, 1877 Oil on Copper Det Nationalhistoriske Museum på Frederiksborg Slot, Public Domain
Sermon on the mount, Carl Heinrich Bloch, 1877 Oil on Copper Det Nationalhistoriske Museum på Frederiksborg Slot, Public Domain. Click to enlarge.

In the sermon, Jesus turns upside down what we would normally think of a blessing or a woe. Blessed are the poor, hungry, weeping, hated. Woe to the rich, satisfied, happy, respected.

I wonder if we can find a time in our life when what we thought was something bad really turned out to be good? Or, can we think of a time when what we experienced as a blessing was really not good for us?

Another consequence of Jesus’ teaching is the advice of who’s company we should keep. If we are seeking blessings, mingle with the poor. Those who seek to live in the company of the wealthy and influential, often find a life of woe. Jesus is giving us fair warning. Will we listen?

With love,

Fr. Tom

www.stbernadettelakewood.org

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