(Lk 6:20-26)
Raising his eyes toward his disciples he 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."

@George passage is heard by many unbelievers and I understand why it irks them. "Blessed are the poor." But there is much truth in it. I learned that poor, sad and broken people are teachable! They are looking for solutions to their problems/pain. In the world we often assume rich means you have everything and know everything. Life is great. "My life would be so much better if I had what you have."
I refer to Sirach 10:29-31 found only in Catholic Bibles.
"A man honored in poverty, how much more in wealth! And a man dishonored in wealth, how much more in poverty!
A person's character is what truly shines. And it is also how God is glorified.

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@christine
Very true. I think often of America today and how so many have turned away from from Christ. Worldly wealth and prosperity is taken for granted as an "entitlement". Their focus is on collective power and who they wish to enthrone instead of on God. Wisdom is replaced by cowardice and conformance.

It can all vanish faster than they think and certainly won't end well for them.

Yet, regardless of what so many do and the collective harm they cause, we make our own choices - the same as always.

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