Weekly Mass Intentions
From the Lectionary
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. ~ Luke 6:22
Daily Lectionary Readings
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GOSPEL MEDITATION – ENCOURAGE DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF SCRIPTURE
What an audience Jesus has in today’s Gospel! “A great crowd of his disciples and a large number of people from all over Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon.” Disciples, pagans, and devout Jews gathered together to hear Jesus speak in the Sermon on the Mount. All of these people had something in common. God was someone to be bargained with, and if God liked you, you were rewarded with good fortune. This Sunday, Jesus tells us a different story. “Woe to you who are rich ? who are filled now ? who laugh ? when all speak well of you. Blessed are you who are poor ? you who are now hungry ? when people hate you and when they exclude you and insult you.” Jesus completely flips the script on what it means to be blessed by God. What he proclaims as “woe” are states of life we often strive for, and “blessed” are the states we work hard to avoid!
Jesus is concerned with the kingdom of God and the world to come, not the typical structures of power and privilege. The word “now” appears often in these statements. Why? If you are well “now,” that’s beside the point. To be rich in this life has no direct bearing on your immortal soul. If you’re struggling “now,” that’s not an indication that God has forgotten you or that – in light of eternity – you’re worse off than someone else. In fact, it could be an indicator that you’re enduring something that will bring you to a place of greater, eternal joy in the future.
This Sunday, consider your priorities. Who do we reject as not blessed, and thereby inflict woe upon ourselves? When we encounter difficult situations in our own lives, do we see them as opportunities to remember God and lean on His mercy and grace?
February 7-14 is National Marriage Week
The observances of National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14) and World Marriage Day (Sunday, Feb. 10) are an opportunity to focus on building a culture of life and love that begins with supporting and promoting marriage and the family.
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Prayer for Married Couples
Almighty and eternal God,
You blessed the union of married couples
so that they might reflect the union of Christ
with his Church:
look with kindness on them.
Renew their marriage covenant,
increase your love in them,
and strengthen their bond of peace
so that, with their children,
they may always rejoice in the gift of
We ask this through Christ our Lord.