From the Deacon’s Desk for February 13, 2022

Dear Friends:

Today in Luke’s Gospel chapter 6:17, 20-26, we hear Luke’s rendition of the Beatitudes. It’s a very beautiful read. It is also very eye-opening. We see Jesus siding with all those who are poor, those who are hated, hungry, weeping, or accused of being evil. This is one of those Gospels that gives all of us hope. Another interesting point is that Jesus gives those who are not taking care of the poor and downtrodden a stern warning: “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.”

Pretty stern, I’d say! Jesus means that those who have enough and do not share what they have will have to answer someday for their actions. If people can afford to help the poor and those no one wants, and they don’t help them, they will have to explain themselves either in this life or the next. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather respond now than have to respond later.

My dear friends, let us do whatever we can for those who need us. Maybe there is someone out there who needs a kind word. Maybe someone needs to be complimented for something they’ve done. Maybe they need a friend to talk to. Maybe they need the hope that Jesus gives to all of us.

Peace and All Good!

Deacon Jim