The Catholic Calendar for Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Wednesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture from today’s Liturgy of the Word:
1 Corinthians 7:25-31
Psalm 45:11-12, 14-15, 16-17
Luke 6:20-26

A reflection on today’s Sacred Scripture:

Blessed are you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours. (Luke 6:20)

When people succeed, they’re often told how blessed they are, so we’re likely to associate God’s “blessings” with occasions of accomplishment and joy. This Beatitude, then, seems to be in reverse. Shouldn’t Jesus have said something like, “Blessed are you who flourish”? To us this might make more sense, but to God it’s just an unfinished sentence.
 
While it’s good to be grateful for God’s gifts, we can be sure that He expects more from us than worldly success of any kind. This first Beatitude teaches us that when we detach ourselves from riches, we find the joys of Heaven now. When we love God first, our treasures and achievements become secondary to practicing charity, and resisting pride, greed and envy.

Only by freeing our “spirit” from materialism can we give with a humble heart and become poor in the way Jesus describes. Only in becoming poor can we be truly “blessed” and acquire the finest riches found only in God’s Kingdom: happiness, grace, beauty and peace.

– Elizabeth A. Tichvon | elizabethtichvon@comcast.net

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