Wednesday of the 23rd Week
A Day of Mourning and Remembrance
I would bet most of us know where we were 8:46, on Tuesday, September 11, 2001? We need never to forget this day as it changed the world. On the fifth anniversary of 9/11, I was in seminary and the priest celebrating morning Mass that day was not one of the finest. He was not a good preacher, and he was very low key. The readings were today’s readings, and when he got down preaching we were amazed at what he said and how he spoke so beautifully to the anniversary. Our readings today are very prophetic as they lay out for us what we are to do to change our lives this day.
In our first reading, Paul is urging the Christians to put away all that leads to death and evil. Paul is urging the people to put away racism, elitism, bigotry, and embrace the truth of Jesus Christ, no matter what the person’s status, nationality, or religion.
In our Gospel, we get Luke’s version of the Sermon on the Plain. The Gospel of Matthew has the same sermon, but it speaks more about deciding to act in such a way, Luke’s version is harder to live and speaks more from the present tense. Jesus says, “Blessed are those who are now poor, hungry, weeping, and who are being persecuted.” Jesus continues, “But woe to you who are rich, those who have had their fill of food, those who laugh, and when people speak well of us.”
How are you feeling blessed today?