February 16, 2010

“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.
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.”
The priest delivered these words (albeit in French) from the pulpit as Sunday’s gospel reading. And I fidgeted. A glaringly white island in a sea of ebony. A rich, satiated, happy person, in the midst of those who are poor, often hungry, and have much over which to weep. Uggh. In American churches, most explanations of this passage reassure us that rich doesn’t really mean just having a lot of money, and poor means something different than living with very little. But I wonder what you say to a crowd that doesn’t require this convincing? I wish I could have understood the homily, delivered to the attentive ears of these blessed people.

2 Responses to “Beatitudes”

  1. Whistler said

    I agree 100%
    I sometimes find myself discouraged by the disclaimers of the realness of this Gospel passage.

    I encourage you to make new ebony friends when you go to Mass, who can translate for you…
    people who can at least give the main points of the homily. This would help them 🙂 & what greater treasure could they possibly give than the Word of God explained by the vicar of Christ 🙂

    Maybe you can ask the priest afterwards for a short cliff notes version.

    I wish you knew French! I think you shall learn while you’re there. Invoke the Holy Spirit & Blessed Andre Bessette (& other, not so new French speaking saints)

  2. Cristina said

    My dear pirate watcher, ¿qué tal?
    Greetings from a Yova Yova!
    Your blog is so exciting. Your stories and your photos so fascinating!
    Keep us updated! We want to know more! 🙂

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