Posted by: livingscripture | February 14, 2010

Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours.

                                                      Luke 6: 20

 How should we live this Word

 Jesus was teaching a large number of people from Judea and the diaspora.  He proclaimed the Good News of salvation, of God’s compassion for human beings.  Give gives humans the Kingdom through the death and resurrection of Jesus.  This gift is God Himself.

 Jesus’ discourse in the form of blessings and woes is basically the way each of us is called to respond to this gift.  Today we will consider the first blessing that is the foundation of all the others.  As we said, God gives the Kingdom to everyone, rich and poor.   We need to understand just who the poor are and why Jesus chooses to bless them in a particular way.  The simple answer is that they have greater need.  The poor are those who have nothing, who risk living in misery, in dependence, in submissiveness.  They have a sub-human life!  The rich are those who have even the superfluous and risk living egotistically and unjustly.

 This is why Jesus teaches us that before God, we are all poor, all debtors, all needy.  Carlo Carretto said ‘Before God, humans are the poor par excellence.  However, we are the poor who can entrust themselves to Another to satisfy their needs.  This is the source of a characteristic attitude of poor people.  They have the courage to continue to ask for what seems impossible.  God makes Himself available to our poverty.  This is the secret of the poor of Yahweh’. 

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will ask God to help me to be one of the Poor of Yahweh so that I may be in God’s Kingdom even now.

 Lord, grant that Your Kingdom may come into the heart of every person so that we may build a new world full of love, hope, humanity!

 The voice of Guido De Lariguadie, contemporary witness

 We have the great human power to put a bit of eternity into every action.  We build our kingdom at every instant.  We too must add our stone to the edifice of human effort.

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