Homily for Wednesday of the 23rd Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: The Beatitudes
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Wednesday September 11 2019
(Lk. 6:20-26) Wednesday of the Twenty Third Week in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel Jesus delivers the Sermon on the Mount or more popularly known as the “Beatitudes.” This is Luke’s version. It is quite different but basically the same in message as Matthew’s version. Our God is a God of reversals. Jesus frames His teachings by calling “blessed” those which society labels as cursed and render cursed those which society labels as blessed. We have heard the same, most probably from our parents and elders. “Giginhawa din tayo.” “Walang utang na hindi pinagbayaran.” “Ang buhay ay parang gulong. Minsan nasa ilalim, minyan nasa ibabaw.” This teaching renders His listeners thinking and wandering. Is Jesus for real? Is there a catch somewhere? Maybe a punchline is coming!
Our situation here on earth is not definitive. Thanks be to God! Being poor, hungry, weeping, hated, and insulted in this life is not necessarily our fate in the Kingdom. It goes the same with being rich, filled, laughing, and praised by many. These, according to Jesus, do not determine our blessedness. It is when these situations occur on account of the Lord. Are they the consequences of our love and faith in Jesus? Then, we are blessed.
It is different in our world. The blessed are the rich, the famous, the powerful, the beautiful, the strong, free, happy, and the healthy, to name a few. The poor, hungry, imprisoned, sick, ignorant, and the like are considered cursed. Blessedness has become material and worldly. It does not mean that they are bad. per se. It begs the question how were those acquired. Jesus gives hope to everyone. Each has a special place in God’s Kingdom. While poverty, meaning humility, maybe regarded as a curse in our society, Jesus found a way to give it dignity. When before, being poor was an embarrassment, now, Jesus elevated it to a blessing. So with hunger, weeping, insulted, etc.
We all want to be blessed. Jesus just assured us that whatever is our situation, we can be blessed. We must not be afraid as long as we welcome everything as grace from the Lord. With the Lord, we are always blessed.