Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
September 12, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 145:2-3, 10-11, 12-13ab
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Woe to you who are rich . . . . (see Luke 6:24)
This is the less familiar version of the Beatitudes with four blessings and four anathemas. What we must understand about the anathemas is the audience to whom Jesus spoke, because He speaks the same word today.
Are we cursed because we are rich? In some ways wealth can be a curse--most particularly if we are attached to the things that wealth can attain for us. Being wealthy is not in itself a sin, nor is it particularly a stumbling block. But it is tricky. One must learn to be like St. Paul--"I know how to be rich and how to be poor . . . ." Poverty in itself is not blessed either--particularly if one spends all of one's time worrying about being poor and thinking about how to be wealthy.
The blessings and the curses are all about where our hearts are. A wealthy person stands to lose much and so may be concerned more for his or her wealth than for his or her soul. A poor person doesn't stand to lose much, and so has some small blessing in that, but it is a blessing easily lost if one's entire focus is poverty.
Jesus is telling us here, that the person who is blessed is the person for whom God is the most important thing in life--rich or poor, male or female, powerful or weak--if the first thought in the morning and the last thought in the evening are of how to please God more, we are blessed.
- JuandelaCruz -
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