The Shock Value of the Backwards Beatitudes

#MyMassTakeaway for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Guys, Jesus is trying to provoke us with the Beatitudes.

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.

Luke 6:20-26

The Beatitudes aren’t something that are supposed to make us feel good. They’re not comfortable or safe.

The Beatitudes are intentionally counter-intuitive. Their worth begins with their shock value.

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It’s Time to Stop the War Within the Body of Christ

#MyMassTakeaway Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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Sometimes we treat our differences as excuses to pit ourselves against each other.

Homeschoolers against traditional schoolers. Stay at home moms against working moms. NOs against traddies.

The list goes on. Oily, crunchy, babywearers, breastfeeders, formula feeders, feminists, big families, small families – STOP.

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When You Bring the Water, Jesus Works the Miracle

#MyMassTakeaway for The 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Water is the most common thing on earth.

Plain, clear, boring water. It’s not something we would call miraculous. Not something we would think is very special.

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Epiphany: The Journey Has Just Begun

On Epiphany, we celebrate the day the Magi found Christ. Even though this was their first encounter with the Lord, I doubt it was the end of their journey.

A true encounter with Christ initiates a lifetime of seeking and following him. I have no doubt that the Magi returned to their homeland, inspired to orient their lives to service of Christ the King.

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Send Down Your Spirit Like the Dewfall

#MyMassTakeaway for the 4th Sunday of Advent, December 23, 2018. Find the Mass readings here.

Something struck me when I heard the priest pray these words at the consecration during Mass today: “Make holy therefore these gifts by sending down your spirit upon them like the dewfall.”

Images flooded my mind.

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A Biblical Approach to Sibling Rivalry

Today’s post on Sibling Rivalry is #MyMassTakeaway for the Mass readings on 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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The Bread of Life: What am I Hungry For?

#MyMassTakeaway: Physical and Spiritual Hungers: Jesus wants to meet them all. Today is the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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