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Sunday, February 17 Gospel Reflection

     This Sunday’s Gospel passage is a part of Jesus’ so-called “Sermon on the Plain”, from Luke’s Gospel. It has a parallel in the Gospel of Matthew, in the so-called “Sermon on the Mount”.
     The Sermon on the Plain and the Sermon on the Mount are representative of Jesus’ typical preaching–wherever he found himself. Both sermons begin with a pronouncement of blessings and woes, often called “The Beatitudes”.
     The Beatitudes are powerful, pithy proclamations of the nature of the divine “kingdom” which Jesus had come to proclaim.
     The Beatitudes are amazing–and confounding! They suggest that many of our assumptions about life are wrong, and even upside-down. As Jesus said elsewhere, “The first shall be last, and the last shall be first!”
     As you think about them this week, you might want to ponder the possible connections between the Beatitudes and the healing that the crowds were seeking: Does some of our daily stress come from pursuing the wrong goals and values? Can adopting the insights Jesus is proclaiming actually promote mental and even physical health? Can Jesus’ teaching help us feel and actually be more blessed?
     I think we all should ponder what it would look like to try to live the Beatitudes as “Be-Attitudes”–adjusting our ideas of what makes life truly good and worthwhile.
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