Today's Lectionary Text
He came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon. They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.
Then he looked up at his disciples and said:
“Blessed are you who are poor,
“Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.
“But woe to you who are rich,
“Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.
The gospel this week features Luke's account of what we know as the Beatitudes.
When you read it for the first time what stands out to you? Is there a particular word or phrase that resonates with you?
The passage includes a direct message to the disciples of both blessings and warnings. What do you think the disciples thought of these dual messages?
How uneasy do you think the disciples are after this event?
If you were to reimagine these passages in today's time what would they look like?
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