Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Blessings and Woes.

The more familiar version of the Beatitudes is from Matthew’s Gospel. Luke’s version is in some ways even more radical, especially the addition of the ‘Alas for you’ statements. Like Matthew, the beatitudes begin a collection of teachings (or sermon) of Jesus, here ‘on a piece of level ground’ rather than on Matthew’s Mount. So for the next three weeks we will be sitting at the feet of Jesus, the teacher. The radical nature of the teachings of Jesus lead us into a time of self-reflection, are we living the Christian life as radically as we should be?

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.



How happy are you who are poor; yours is the kingdom of God. Happy you who are hungry now; you shall be satisfied. Happy you who weep now; you shall laugh. (Luke 6:20-21)

  • When have you experienced poverty in your life?
  • What are the hungers of your heart that you need the Lord to satisfy?
  • What makes you weep?
  • Listen to the Lord as he challenges you.



Alas for you who are rich; you are having your consolation now. Alas for you who have your fill now; you shall go hungry. Alas for you who laugh now; you shall mourn and weep. (Luke 6: 24-25)

  • When have you experienced riches in your life?
  • What fills you to the exclusion of God?
  • Have you ever laughed at another’s misfortune?
  • Listen to the Lord about what keeps you from him.



Alleluia, alleluia! Rejoice and be glad: your reward will be great in heaven. (Luke 6:23)

  • What makes you rejoice and be glad?
  • What will God reward you for?
  • What do you imagine heaven is like?
  • Listen to the Lord who offers you eternal life.



If our hope in Christ has been for this life only, we are the most unfortunate of all people. But Christ has in fact been raised from the dead, the first fruits of all who have fallen asleep. (1 Corinthians 15:19-20)

  • What is unfortunate about not believing in life after death?
  • What does the resurrection of Christ actually mean to you?
  • Pray for all those you have loved and lost awhile.
  • Listen to the Lord who is the Lord of the living and of the dead.



Happy indeed is the (wo)man who follows not the counsel of the wicked; nor lingers in the way of sinners nor sits in the company of scorners, but whose delight is the law of the Lord and who ponders his law day and night. (Psalm 1:1-2)

  • Have you ever followed, lingered or sat in bad company?
  • What delights you?
  • Do you ever really ponder on the law of God?
  • Listen to the Lord wants to guide you in the path of life.



(S)he is like a tree that is planted beside flowing waters, that yields its fruit in due season and whose leaves shall never fade; and all that (s)he does shall prosper.  (Psalm 1:3)

  • What are the fruits of your life?
  • Has anything faded or failed to prosper in your life?
  • What are you rooted in?
  • Listen to the Lord wishes you to grow and flourish.



The Lord says this: ‘A curse on the (wo)man who puts his trust in man, who relies on the things of flesh, whose heart turns from the Lord.’ (Jeremiah 17:5)

  • How does the idea of the Lord calling down a curse sit with you?
  • Have you ever relied more on your own strength than in the Lord?
  • When has your heart turned from the Lord?
  • Listen to the Lord who calls you to repent.

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