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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Feb 20, 2019

1st Reading: Jeremiah 17:5-8 
Resp.: Psalm 1:1-2, 3,4, 6 (40:5a) 
2nd Reading: 1st Corinthians 15:12, 16-20 
Gospel: Luke 6:17, 20-26 

Jesus tells us in today's Gospel that there are benefits to doing His Father's Will and of course there are detrimental effects if we choose to go against Him. 

The Beatitudes represented in Luke differ from those listed in Matthew in that while Matthew lists 8, Luke presents them as corresponding to the 4 cardinal virtues and he also includes 4 woes for those who do not help or assist others with their abundance of earthly goods. 

St Ambrose said that the poor exemplify temperance, the hungry - justice, those who weep - prudence and those hated, fortitude. Temperance because the poor do not indulge in excessive pleasures. Justice because the hungry are lowly and give to those who have little. Prudence: those who weep because they see the vanity in temporal things and look to the joys of Heaven and Fortitude: those who have the strength to stay faithful despite persecution.

It is not sinful to be rich but it does depend on how you earn what you have and if you share with others. Again we are all called to share what we have but if we live in such a way that we do not help we condemn ourselves. If we live only for pleasure we are not carrying the Cross.

Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD 
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