READINGS for 2007-02-11
If for this life only we have hope in Christ, we are the most pitiable... ? 1 Corinthians 15:19
Where do we look for an analysis of what is true about the human condition? If we fail to look for God?s understanding of this vital question we will be led into error. The secular humanistic analysis of the problems in the modern world, namely the population time bomb and the need for condoms in the fight against AIDS, are two immediate examples that spring to mind. They fail to respect the fundamental human dignity of each person. Neither of these secular analyses does justice the dignity of the human person. Both tend to treat the human individual as another ?commodity? to be acted upon whereas true humanism, the humanism of Church teaching, tells us that we must first and foremost respect the dignity of the individual by treating them as an acting subject in themselves.
P S A L M
1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20
G O S P E L
Luke 6:17, 20-26
17 And he came down with them and stood on a stretch of level ground. A great crowd of his disciples and a large number of the people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon. 20 And raising his eyes toward his disciples he said: ?Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours. 21 Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who are now weeping, for you will laugh. 22 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. 23 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. 24 But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. 25 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. 26 Woe to you when all speak well of you, for their ancestors treated the false prophets in this way.
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CHOICES HAVE CONSEQUENCES
Today?s Gospel presents us with the Lucan version of the beatitudes. They differ quite dramatically from those of Matthew, not least in number but also in that they present us with the other side of the equation as well! Luke makes it very clear that the way we choose to live has clear consequences for our eternal being. We will do well to reflect carefully upon what this means for the way we respond to the graces God offers us through life.
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