6th Sunday of Ordinary Time (17th February, 2019)
First Reading: Jer 17:5-8
Second Reading: 1 Cor 15:12, 16-20
Gospel: Lk 6:17, 20-26
Jesus was with his 12 disciples along with people from Tyre, Jerusalem Judea and other neighbouring districts. looking at the people, Jesus spoke to the disciples
Happy are you who are poor: yours is the kingdom of God.
Happy you who are hungry now: you shall be satisfied.
Happy you who weep now: you shall laugh.
If people hate you or insult you or do any act to denounce you; rejoice…your reward will be great in heaven.
All the prophets were treated this way.
But for those who are rich and overjoyed, you may have to weep later.
This is what happened to all the false prophets.
These words from Jesus is a great motivation to the less fortunate people; for their fortune awaits in heaven.
If we are abused, isolated, ill treated or called by names, just because we spoke about and followed Jesus, then again, our rewards await in heaven.
Though not mentioned in this passage, the converse also applies. it has been made clear by Jesus that if we do not honor him now, HE will not honour us, at the end of time.
There is a challenge for those who are involved in worldly pleasures now, they will have a difficult time on the judgement day.
If in case any of us are into worldly pleasures and not willing to share our processions with the needy, it’s a warning. And a call to reconcile. Amen.