Brothers and Sisters,

In a culture obsessed with strength and success, our weekend readings are startling. The qualities and behaviors identified in the Beatitudes look nothing like economic, political or social strength. Instead, they appear to demonstrate weakness. Saint Paul tells us that God chose the foolish, the weak, the lowly, and despised to shame the wise and the strong. 

Those of us who say we follow Jesus have some soul-searching to do. How do the Beatitudes fit with our professional and life-style commitments? How willing are we to engage in the really hard practices? And what would it mean if we don’t want to?

Something to consider as we get closer to Lent!


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