17He came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon. 18They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. 19And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.
20Then he looked up at his disciples and said:
“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
21“Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled.
“Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
22“Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man.23Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.
24“But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
25“Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry.
“Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep.
26“Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.
- Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
- Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath.
- As you inhale, breathe in life
- As you exhale, let go of things that suck the life out of you.
- Continue this practice until you are at peace, feeling freedom.
- Jesus reminds us that the Beatitudes are our guide to right living.
- Turning away from the Beatitudes is false living.
- We must look for God-centered moments in our lives.
- It is a God-centered moment because God gives you new life.
- Do a quick check-in with yourself and notice where a woe is keeping you from authentic life with Christ.
- Name this woe and invite Christ into the woe.
- Is there a Beatitude into which Christ invites you?
- Dialogue with Christ to seek and embrace the new life Christ has for you.
- How do you desire to seek freedom from the woe to be giving new life in Christ?
- Name the new life Christ wants to give you.
- Sit with new life and notice how this new life brings you Holy Love.
- What is important about remembering this new life and Holy Love today?
- What is God’s message for you?
- Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
- Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, February 17, 2019, the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)
1 Corinthians 15:12-20
(c) 2019 The Rev. Dr. Lil Smith, DASD. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings. Please give credit to author.