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The 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Cycle C 

February 13th/14th, 2010

 

The Sermon From The Mount

(The Beatitudes)

 

 

 

 

 

Reading I
Jer 17:5-8


Thus says the LORD:
Cursed is the one who trusts in human beings,
who seeks his strength in flesh,
whose heart turns away from the LORD.
He is like a barren bush in the desert
that enjoys no change of season,
but stands in a lava waste,
a salt and empty earth.
Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD,
whose hope is the LORD.
He is like a tree planted beside the waters
that stretches out its roots to the stream:
it fears not the heat when it comes;
its leaves stay green;
in the year of drought it shows no distress,
but still bears fruit.


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6


(40:5a) Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
Blessed the man who follows not
the counsel of the wicked,
nor walks in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the company of the insolent,
but delights in the law of the LORD
and meditates on his law day and night.
Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
He is like a tree
planted near running water,
that yields its fruit in due season,
and whose leaves never fade.
Whatever he does, prospers.
Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
Not so the wicked, not so;
they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked vanishes.
Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

 

reading II
1 Cor 15:12, 16-20


Brothers and sisters:
If Christ is preached as raised from the dead,
how can some among you say there is no resurrection of the dead?
If the dead are not raised, neither has Christ been raised,
and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain;
you are still in your sins.
Then those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
If for this life only we have hoped in Christ,
we are the most pitiable people of all.

But now Christ has been raised from the dead,
the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

 

Gospel
Lk 6:17, 20-26


Jesus came down with the twelve
and stood on a stretch of level ground
with 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.
And raising his eyes toward his disciples he 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.
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.”

 

 

 

 When Jesus gives his Beatitudes in Matthew and Mark, he first climbs a mountain, as if to indicate that what he is going to say is as yet above us;  an ideal, a promised outcome of the long climb ahead.  When he gives his Beatitudes in this gospel of Luke, he comes down from the mountain into the plain, at the level were we live and where his listeners had assembled.  Those listeners had come from very far, from all parts of Judea, from Jerusalem, Tyre, and Sidon.  They had come, the gospel explains, to hear him and be cured.  The people assembled were men and women who had left their homes, jobs, work, worries, and opportunities behind.  They had gone a long way to hear him and to be helped by him.

 

 Then, looking at them, fixing his eyes on his disciples, Jesus says:  “How blessed are you who are poor!  How blessed are you who are hungry!  How blessed are you who weep now!”  What did he mean?  “How blest are you . . .” and he continued to speak to them in very plain talk.

 

 So what does His message from the bottom of that mountain say to us in this day and age.  Perhaps it can best be summed up this way;  “How blessed are we who put God fist in our lives.  You know, like before money, before fame, before popularity, peers, wealth, political correctiveness,  television, computer games, texting on cell phones, gossiping, judging others, or like maybe anything else that might interfere with Him being first and foremost in our lives.  As far as I know, that’s the only way that we will come to know happiness and holiness.  Our call to live out those beatitudes is a call to a happiness and holiness that will lead to His Kingdom, and that my friends, is a lifetime pursuit.  Giving ourselves completely and totally to God for whatever purpose He wants to use us for.  For in our efforts to pursue holiness we can appreciate the truth that the beatitudes challenge us to go deeper beneath the surface of our being to make that happen.

 

 Perhaps we might say that they are about how we can put God’s love into action in our everyday ordinary lives, doing those things that will make it possible for us to have an eternal presence with Him after this journey is over.  It takes a very different kind of courage to respond to those words spoken by Jesus beneath that mountain, or even if he was on top.  And we should know that there might be a great risk, there is always a great risk in living out God’s love, because there is always those people and those temptations that will try and persuade us not to.  When we think about it, how have we been persecuted for holiness’ sake in some way or another?  Living this journey of life to follow in the footsteps of Jesus is never easy.  It isn't suppose to be.  But to do so, we must put ourselves aside for the sake of those in poverty, who are sick, the outcasts, the homeless, the lonely, the widowed, and those who are weak and hungry, for a better outcome in their lives.  If we are going to take those words to heart, then we have to live them.

 

 Because it’s not about us folks, it’s about God and what His will is for us.  Yes, many of us are limited in some way ourselves, just about everyone is.  That is why we do not go this journey alone.  We go it together, our sinfulness and all, despite our sinfulness and all, to the best that we are able.  Effort is what counts to God.  Have we done the most with what He has given us?  Our talents, our treasures, our gifts, our talents, our skills, our wisdom, our compassion, our everything? 

 

 Jesus wasn't just speaking to those disciples of His my friends, he was also speaking to all of humankind for all times.  Until we release ourselves unto His will -  the world, this country, will never change for the better.  Nothing is ever going to change unless I change, unless you change.  We can't sit on our proud achievements of the past.  I use to do this, I use to do that, I've already done my share many years ago.  This is now people, and Jesus is preaching to us from that mountainside right now.  The government leaders of this country are trying very hard to put the word of Jesus and the cause of Christianity at the bottom of nowhere.  Now, more than ever, is the time to start living out these words of Jesus.  Our actions must be a voice that speaks loud and clear that we will not, and I mean all Christians, just simply give in to the pressure.  But the opposite, we will be the force that will put Christianity and Jesus as the guiding light of this great nation.  Will we will respond and act, or turn our ears and heart away.  It’s each ones own choice, but a choice that we make as one Body of Christ.  It is my prayer that this message was meaningful to you.  Thank you.   God bless you all this coming week. 

 

© Steve A. Politte

 February 11, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

“On My Father's Side” by The Barn Again Gang

  

 

 


~ Dwell In The Love ~


As sure as the morning sunrise
Graces you with a new day
Is the love that God has for you
And in His heart you will forever stay.

As sure as seedling burst up
At the dawn of new Spring
Your heart will be made anew
As you listen to the song birds sing.

Though life is an uncertain journey
And often time there is strife
If you walk in the footsteps of Jesus
You will be graced with new life.

In the midst of changing world
Where people are lost and confused
Jesus bids all “To Come to Me,”
And no longer will you be subdued.

There are barriers that we must overcome
Let go of the baggage from your past
Know that you can accomplish your goal
And live in peace at last.

No one goes this journey alone
For to try would be an empty waste
But if we give ourselves completely to God
We will be blessed with a different fate.

We will sometimes stay from the path
Because temptations bid us away
But if we walk in the footsteps of the Lord
In the heart of His love we will always stay.

As sure as the sun sets in the west
At the close of long tiring day
Reaching out to love each other
We will never loose our way.

The heart of Jesus is relentless
As He waits for those who are lost
Assuring all that He has paid the price
For all sins when he died on the cross.

Happiness is not an illusion
That we can never achieve
But it’s a gift freely give
By the Master to you and me.

Praise our Lord on high
And sing may joyful songs
Shout from the highest mountain
That God’s love is secure and strong.

When you lay your head down to sleep
As your day has come to it’s end
Thank God for the gift of friends
For each one was sent by Him.

We will never comprehend the mystery
Of God’s unconditional forgiveness
What important for each of us to know
That to dwell in the love of God
We will always be so blessed.



© Steve A. Politte
2010
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 “Son Of Light” by Mike Rowland

  

 

 

 

 

       

 

 

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