Greetings on this the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings: Jer 17:5-8; Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6; 1 Cor 15:12, 16-20; Lk 6:17, 20-26
Notes: In the readings today we are confronted with a twin issue.
- Who should we listen to (men or the Lord)?
- How should we live (the way of blessing or the way of woes)?
Cursed is the one who trusts in human beings, who seeks his strength in flesh, whose heart turns away from the LORD.
Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
But now Christ has been raised from the dead,
the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
Rejoice and be glad;
your reward will be great in heaven.
In today’s gospel portion Jesus alerts us that there are two ways in life: the way of blessedness and the way of woes.
Jesus laments the temptation to see the ancestors as the better of us all.
Yet, actually, Jesus notes, the ancestors:
- For their ancestors [mis]treated the prophets in the same way.
- Woe to you when all speak well of you, for their ancestors treated the false prophets in this way.
When you go to daily Mass and hear the readings you would have been prepared for that observation:
- Solomon certainly messed up.
- Rehoboam, king of Judah, certailny messed up.
He isn’t picking on them but he is saying much in the same way the 1st reading today and the responsorial psalm says:
Be careful who you listen to!!!
Men can be corrupt. Best to listen to the Lord, and to trust in his ways.
The fulcrum of the readings in the Epistle of Paal to the Corinthians.
Smack dab in the center of the readings is this.
We listen to Jesus not because he proposed a superior moral order (and he did do that).
We listen to him because he is the Resurrected One!
He overpowered death!
His is the voice to listen to.
His is the voice that leads us to still waters.
His voice moves us to God, brings tranquility and peace.
The voice of men we should put to the test. When you listen to someone are you then enraged or at peace? Where is he or she leading you: to or from God?
Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him (Lk 9:35).
Peace be with you,