Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

from today's Gospel

"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."

Luke 6

Is there a more appropriate text to be proclaimed here and now?


  1. Thanks for correcting my misquote. Was disappointed with Jerusalem Bible. I used to memorize this beautiful Parable/Poem, but every bible translates differently. I think it went... "Blessed are the poor in spirt, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven/God. An occasion for me to look it up in my Catholic bible. Have you noticed how much beautiful poetry in the Bible? As of Sunday, Second Readings are from Book of Wisdom.... all to the point for me.

  2. To Elsie - just to clarify, the verse you have is from the Gospel of Matthew, verse 5:3; whereas the verses quoted in Father Marc's blog are from Luke 6:20-21.

  3. Thanks, Anonymous. I knew that I got the beatitudes mixed up, and I had to go to Luke and Matthew and read the commentaries. In Matthew, 3rd Beatitude: Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the land/earth. Beatitudes 1 and 8 both end in: for they shall inherit the kingdom of heaven/God.
    Obviously Luke's "Sermon on the Plain" is more appropriate for the Haitians. The commentaries say that Matthew borrowed from Luke and expanded to make a harmonious whole. Yet Bible scholars claim that Matthew's Gospel was first. One day I shall research this discrepancy. The Synoptic Gospels start with Matthew, Mark & Luke.

  4. Another correction: Starting last Sunday, the First Readings are from the Book of Proverbs with wonderful comments on Wisdom. Just puts me right into Lenten spirit, my favorite liturgical season.

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