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A Wake-up Call

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

“Blessed are you who are poor; for yours is the kingdom of God… But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.” [Luke 6:20b, 24]

The passage this Sunday is known as the sermon on the plain, for the text says that “Jesus came down to them and stood on a level place.” A crowd gathered just as was recorded in Matthew in the text known as the Sermon on the Mount, which begins with the Beatitudes or the litany of “Blessed are the…” Luke takes a different tack, because he doesn’t only address those who are blessed, but offers a warning to those who think they are blessed.  Woe to the rich. Woe to the full. Woe to those who laugh now. Woe to those spoken well of. The “woe” acts as a wake-up call Continue reading A Wake-up Call