As you hear this reading, what words or phrases strike
What in this reading touches your heart?
lingers in your memory?
sharing your response to the question with others!
THEME: Trust in Jesus, the way to true happiness.
Gospel : Luke 6:17, 20-26
Jesus came down with the twelve and stood on a stretch
of level ground with a great crowd of his disciples and a
large number of the people from all Judea and Jerusalem
and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon. And raising his
eyes toward his disciples he 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
But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your
consolation. 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.”
Question for Children: How do you experience God’s blessing in difficult times, when you are sad, hungry, or when friends reject you?
Question for Youth: How does trusting in God make a difference in your life?
Question for Adults: In today’s Gospel, we are reminded that we will be either blessed or have woe done unto us. It’s a challenging teaching! Which half of this Gospel reading applies to you?