“Blessed are you who are poor… But woe to you who are rich”

Wednesday of the Twenty-third week in Ordinary Time

Commentary of the day : Blessed Guerric of Igny
“Blessed are you who are poor… But woe to you who are rich”

First Letter to the Corinthians 7,25-31.
Brothers and sisters: In regard to virgins, I have no commandment from the Lord, but I give my opinion as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy.
So this is what I think best because of the present distress: that it is a good thing for a person to remain as he is.
Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek a separation. A

Psalms 45(44),11-12.14-15.16-17.
Hear, O daughter, and see; turn your ear,
Forget your people and your father’s house.
So shall the king desire your beauty;
for he is your lord. and you must worship him.

All glorious is the king’s daughter as she enters;
Her raiment is threaded with spun gold.
In embroidered apparel she is borne in to the king;
behind her the virgins of her train are brought to you.

They are borne in with gladness and joy;
they enter the palace of the king.
The place of your fathers your sons shall have;
You shall make them princes through all the land.

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 6,20-26.
Raising his eyes toward his disciples Jesus 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 same way.
But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
But 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.”


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