Blessed Woe

06 Nov

161106Then he looked up at his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. “Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice 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. “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. “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. “Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets. “But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you. (Luke 6:20-31, NRSV)

Blessed are you when you are hungry…

Blessed are you when you weep…

Blessed are you when people hate you…

Are these really times when you feel blessed?

But wait, you are saying, you forgot the “for you will be…” part. You are correct. Jesus is not saying you are blessed when weeping, hungry, or hated, but you are blessed because of what these will lead too.

And woe to you if you do not see your need for others. Because we are all in this together and we need each other.

You see we are not self-made and we are children of the same heavenly father.

So live in the blessed woe and when you see a brother or sister in need help them because God has blessed you to be a blessing. And that is where the blessing truly lies in seeing we can not make it on our own.


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