Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/091218.cfm
Raising his eyes toward his disciples Jesus said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours. Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who are now weeping, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude and insult you, and denounce your name as evil on account of the Son of Man.
Rejoice and leap for joy on that day! Behold, your reward will be great in heaven. For their ancestors treated the prophets in the same way.
But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. But woe to you who are filled now, for you will be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will grieve and weep. Woe to you when all speak well of you, for their ancestors treated the false prophets in this way.”
If we humble ourselves in this world, we will reap the rewards in heaven. When people insult us and hate us, we have to remember that Jesus was insulted and hated first. He suffered the ultimate degradation – death on the cross. Whatever we suffer in this life, cannot compare with that. Yet He does not ask us to do that in our normal life, just give what we have and who we are to Him. He wants our all.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, you have my all, everything I own, everything I am is yours. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Listen to me, daughter; see and bend your ear.