Father Patrick Butler, LC
Luke 6: 20-26
his eyes toward his disciples Jesus said: "Blessed are
you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is
yours. Blessed are you who are now hungry, for
you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who are
now weeping, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when
people hate you, and when they exclude and insult
you, and denounce your name as evil on account
of the Son of Man. Rejoice and leap for joy
on that day! Behold, your reward will be great
in heaven. For their ancestors treated the prophets in
the same way. But woe to you who are rich,
for you have received your consolation. But woe to
you who are filled now, for you will be hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now, for you will
grieve and weep. Woe to you when all speak well
of you, for their ancestors treated the false prophets
in this way."
Introductory Prayer: God the Father, thank you
for the gift of creation, including my own life.
God the Son, thank you for redeeming me at
the price of your own Body and Blood. God the
Holy Spirit, thank you for being the sweet guest
of my soul, enlightening my mind, strengthening my spirit and
kindling the fire of your love in my heart.
Petition: Father, help me to seek the things
that are above.
1. Because You Say It, Lord… In
this passage, I can picture Jesus raising his eyes
to look into the faces of his followers. Today,
he looks into my eyes and engages my attention with
his loving gaze. I accept what he tells me
because it is he who speaks. I believe that
he has the words of eternal life. Naturally, poverty, hunger,
sorrow and being excluded do not appeal to me,
but they are the values of my beloved Lord,
and that is enough for me.
2. Seek First the Kingdom:
Jesus encourages me to strive for the values of
his Kingdom, to be forgetful of myself and my
well-being. He will take care of me and give me
recompense. Heaven awaits me – laughter and joy, a
fullness that is unfathomable. It is arduous not to
seek “heaven on earth” in riches and pleasure and in
fitting in with the crowd. It takes a vision
of faith and a spirit of perseverance.
3. Warning Signs:
St. Luke transmits to us not only the Beatitudes,
but also their opposites. These are like warning signs.
If my path is aligned with these opposites, I had
better be attentive – where does that road lead
me in the long run? Where my heart is, there
also is my treasure. Is heavenly, eternal happiness my
heart’s desire or are earthly, temporal delights?
Christ: Lord, give me the joy of
experiencing some of the heavenly joy of being united to
you here on earth. Help me to find my
fulfillment in loving you, in giving my life to you.
Resolution: I will examine what motivates me in
my daily duty, striving to purify my intention. I
will act out of love of God and not
out of self-love.