We read the Sermon on the Mount for three Sundays. Notice that the sermon is proclaimed before Jewish crowds from Jerusalem and Judaea, before foreigners from Tyre and Sidon. St Luke wants us to know that these words are addressed to all who are willing to hear them – of every nation and age.
Like Moses in the book of Exodus, Jesus has spoken with God in prayer on the mountain. Now he descends from the mountain, we are told, to proclaims God’s ways to all who are ready to receive them. There are many parallels between Moses and Jesus – the Gospel writers want to show us how Jesus follows Moses’ tradition and how he is sent to the people of Israel. Jesus is the “new” Moses.
Notice how Jesus uses the traditional language of blessing and curse to describe the kingdom. The kingdom, he says, belongs to the poor, the hungry, those who weep, to those who suffer exclusion and insult because of the son of man.
We naturally desire the latter categories Jesus mentions: riches, satisfaction, joy/laughter and popularity. We believe that these contribute towards sustaining and enriching our lives.
Jesus has a very different proposal to put before us, on that ultimately leads to what we deeply most desire.
Join Fr Russell Pollitt SJ as he reflects on the readings for the Sixth Sunday of the Year.
Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts.
Jeremiah 17:5-8; Psalm 1; 1 Corinthians 15:12,16-20; Luke 6:17,20-26
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