Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Giving Hope to the Poor

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Wednesday of the Twenty-third week in Ordinary Time

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 6:20-26. 

Raising his eyes toward his disciples Jesus said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours. Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who are now weeping, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude and insult you, and denounce your name as evil on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice and leap for joy on that day! Behold, your reward will be great in heaven. For their ancestors treated the prophets in the same way.But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. But woe to you who are filled now, for you will be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will grieve and weep. Woe to you when all speak well of you, for their ancestors treated the false prophets in this way.”


The Gospel of today goes beyond human understanding. It is hard to decipher because what Jesus said is contradictory to human nature. Saying "woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation." would tantamount to a warning that we should not be rich, otherwise, later we will suffer great sorrow. It is hard for us not to ambition of being rich. We wanted to be rich because we want to satisfy our human nature. However, this Gospel is also giving hope to the poor because Jesus promises the satisfaction on Judgement day. We must understand that being rich is not prohibited, but being greedy is sinful.

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