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January 29 - Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 29 - Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: Zephaniah 2:3, 3:12-13; Psalm 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10; 1 Corinthians 1:26-31; Matthew 5:1-12a

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In this week’s video,* Michel Therrien reflects on the paradox of the beatitudes. In Greek, the word for blessed means someone so fortunate they should be to be envied. Yet in the beatitudes, Jesus tells us that those who are suffering are blessed. This is a reversal of the world’s understanding of happiness and blessings which are temporary and lead to emptiness. Jesus tells us that true happiness is found in God. Instead of seeking power, we should be meek. Instead of wealth, we should strive for poverty of spirit. Instead of pleasure, we can find comfort in our sorrow. The beatitudes help us imitate God’s ways through total attachment to him. Throughout history, various saints have modelled their dedication to God in a way that radiates happiness despite suffering and challenges. Each of us can imitate the saints and find happiness by being one with the attitude of God. 

Reflection: Which of the beatitudes do you think Jesus might be asking you to practice in your life right now?

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