Word for the Week

St. Luke’s account of the Beatitudes is known as the Sermon on the Plain, a reference to chapter 6 verse 17: ” Jesus went down with His disciples and stood on a level place.”

Three groups of people are present to hear Jesus speak; the Apostles, a great crowd of disciples and a great multitude of people from all over Judea, Jerusalem and the coast of Tyre & Sidon ( the latter coming to be healed of their diseases).Also seeking healing  were people being troubled by unclean spirits ( vs 17b-18).

The multitude came to Jesus because they had heard that He could help them – and help them He did!Jesus heals all of them (v. 19) and teaches them as well. He lifted up His eyes to his disciples and said (vs. 20-26 ):
“Blessed are you who are poor….you who hunger now…you who weep now…you whom people will hate…exclude and mock.”, Four blessings followed immediately by four woes: for “you who are rich… you who are full…who laugh now…Woe to you when all people speak well of you, for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets.”

Monday Matthew 5:1-12
Tuesday Isaiah. 55:1-6
Wednesday Luke 4:14-21
Thursday John 15:18-26
Friday Matthew 25:31-40
Saturday Luke 1:46-55

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