Weekend Reflections for 2/15/19
In contrast to the longer beatitudes of the “Sermon on the Mount” in Matthew Ch. 5, in Sunday’s gospel St Luke (6:20-26) presents a “Sermon on the Plain” with a shorter list of blessings and corresponding woes addressing contrasting real life economic, social, and cultural situations, which can serve as an Ignatian “composition of place” about so many in the world of Jesus and in our own world today:
the rich and the poor
the satisfied and the hungry
the laughing and the grieving
the privileged and the outcast
Perhaps Luke’s version, contrasting blessings and woes, can help us grow in learning the path of discernment through the Spiritual Exercises we undertake at White House.
Luke reminds us that our “beatitude” flows from using our many blessings to address the woes of the world, converting ourselves in favor of those most in need. As we identify our blessings and our woes through Ignatius’ consciousness examen prayer (White House prayer book pp 41 and following), Jesus invites us “blessed” people to live the self-emptying life of Christ ourselves, making Christ-like decisions directing our blessings to the service of those who are poor, hungry, grieving, excluded and oppressed. In this way our advantages can also become blessings for freely sharing all the gifts we have received, making our own “Suscipe” prayer of “take and receive.”
-Fr. Ted Arroyo, S.J.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THOSE ON RETREAT THIS WEEK AS WELL AS OUR DECEASED RETREATANTS.
PLEASE PRAY FOR PEACE IN OUR COMMUNITY