Friday, February 15, 2019

Blessed are the poor; the kingdom is theirs,
alive in the promise to be dead to the world.

Blessed are the meek, in awe of you, Father;
the Word at your right hand, the Spirit of truth.

From “Unwavering” words and music by Matt Maher

Today we hear the beginning of Jesus’ “Sermon on the Plain” These words, known as the beatitudes will be familiar to many. We will hear more portions of this passage for the next two weeks.

The words to the second half of the reading may be less familiar.  They are the other side of the coin.  “Woe to the rich….the full…….”  

The U.S. Bishop’s website comments:  {these woes} “threaten God’s profound displeasure on those so blinded by their present fortunate situation that they do not recognize and appreciate the real values of God’s kingdom. In all the blessings and woes, the present condition of the persons addressed will be reversed in the future.” 

Today’s offertory song “Unwavering” by Matt Maher highlights today’s gospel. Do not neglect the missional imperative of the bridge, which repeats 4 times for emphasis:

Send us out to be your hands and feet

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We will also be introducing the third of three new songs; Ben Walther’s “A Place AT Your Table.” (#350)

The song was inspired by a mission trip to Ghana. Notice how the refrain speaks of the reversal of fortunes noted in the quote from the U.S. Council of Bishops.

“Here in your presence the greatest are least, 
the burdened find rest and the hungry can feast.”

Blessed to be in ministry with you at St. Mary’s.

Bruce

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