A Daily Gospel Reflection
by Deacon Joe Coan
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
And raising his eyes toward his disciples he said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours.
Today's gospel reading is from St. Luke's famous Sermon on the Plain. There is certainly more to the great sermon then quoted above. As we know, it contains four Blessed are's, one Rejoice and four Woe's. And our gospel reading today has them all. But let's just take a look at the first Blessed.
Some years ago a Korean poet was sentenced to life imprisonment. His crime? In several of his poems he had protested his government's treatment of the poor. In the midst of his ordeal he maintained a sense of humor. After a humorous remark at the end of the proceedings, the angry judge added seven more years to his life sentence. He joked to his mother, “It looks like I will have to stay in prison seven more years after I die.”
His mother supported her son totally. “Jesus was always for the poor.” she said. “We, too, if we are to be his followers, must be for the poor and the oppressed.”
How seriously do we make our own concern for the poor and oppressed as Jesus did?
Lord, help us keep in mind these words: All that is needed for evil to prosper in our world is for good people like ourselves to remain silent. Edmund Burke