September 7, 2011
Wednesday of the Twenty-Third Week in Ordinary
Father Patrick Butler, LC
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Luke 6: 20-26
Raising 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.
Father, help me to seek the things that are above.
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
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?
Conversation with 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.