When a president takes office in the United States, he gives what is called an “Inaugural Address.” This is a speech that tells the people what the president thinks needs to be important to the country. The president outlines his plans for the future.
Today’s reading is the beginning of Jesus’ “Inaugural Sermon.” At the start of his ministry, Jesus goes up a mountain with his disciples and teaches them about God ways of living. The first eight of these sentences are called “The Eight Beatitudes.” Each sentence begins with the word for “happy” in Greek. This word also has the idea of being “fortunate” and “blessed.”
We recall another mountain when God inaugurated a new way for God’s people—Moses and the Ten Commandments. Those words set the basic boundaries about how we are to live. “Don’t do this and that.” The Beatitudes, on the other hand are “Happy if you DO this and that!
Think about them slowly…and see how your life measures up to these wonderful ways of living.
Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels. This being Year C,
the third year in the cycle, we generally read from the Gospel of Luke.
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