6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
1st Reading: Jeremiah 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.
2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 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: Luke 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.”
TRUE WISDOM: Wisdom is the quality of having experience, knowledge and good judgement. It is the practical ability to use one’s knowledge to make good decisions consistently throughout one’s life. The ability to make good decision throughout a person’s life can only be possible if a person depends on the one who provides true wisdom. God is the source of the true wisdom and he is the one who provides it. Those who trust in God are blessed because “they are like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches out its roots to the stream (river). It does not fear heat when it comes, its leaves stay green” (Jer 17:8). They are at peace because God guides and helps them to make wise decisions. This happens to them because they are attached to God who is wisdom itself. True wisdom makes them realize that by trusting in God they are blessed because their poverty, hunger weeping and being discriminated will all come to an end in heaven. Their reward in heaven will be great for ever (Luke 6:20-23). Nobody will be able to take away their reward from them. Spending one’s life searching only for earthly reward is not true wisdom.
Prayer: Lord, make all people to realize that true wisdom is being dependent on you and you alone.
BLESSINGS AND WOES: Blessings come to people when they realize that they are poor in spirit. Poor in this this way has God for everything. A person then begins to search for God. One longs to hear the word of God. On the contrary, woes belong to a person who does not feel need God, or His word. At the end, this person will realize the mistakes and will grieve and weep because the spiritual hunger will not be satisfied. The knowledge that we have is meant to help us to come near to God. God, in his generosity, love and mercy, bestows his blessings upon us freely. God’s blessings reverse our situations of poverty, hunger, sorrow, and oppressive forces in our lives. Blessedness is the joy that can come only from God. Let us be counted among those who are blessed by God.