Presentation Ministries
View Cart  ·  Make a Donation  ·  About PM  ·  Contact Us   
Search: PM Catholic Sites   
 Home 
One Bread
One Body
Daily Bread
Radio
Small Christian
Communities
Publications
Audio & Video
Catalog
Retreats
Bible
Institute
Guadalupe
Bible College
 Prayer 
Room

One Bread, One Body

Language: English | Español

All Issues > Volume 24, Issue 5


<< Wednesday, September 10, 2008 >>
 
1 Corinthians 7:25-31
View Readings
Psalm 45 Luke 6:20-26
Similar Reflections
 

POOR ME

 
"Blest are you poor; the reign of God is yours." —Luke 6:20
 

Luke presents the Beatitudes differently than does Matthew. In Luke, Jesus teaches the Beatitudes while "coming down the mountain" (Lk 6:17). In Matthew, Jesus teaches them "on the mountain" (Mt 5:1). Luke has four beatitudes and four woes, while Matthew has eight beatitudes.

Luke stresses physical poverty much more than does Matthew. Luke says: "Blest are you poor," and "blest are you who hunger" (Lk 6:20). Matthew, however, talks about being "poor in spirit," and hungering and thirsting for holiness (Mt 5:3, 6). Luke emphasizes physical poverty throughout his Gospel. He alone mentions Jesus' birth in a manger, the Good Samaritan, and the rich man and Lazarus. In his Beatitudes, Luke is repeating his theme that we should not only help the poor but be the poor.

We must "incarnate" our service to God's poor; it must become flesh. "The equal dignity of human persons requires the effort to reduce excessive social and economic inequalities. It gives urgency to the elimination of sinful inequalities. Solidarity...practices the sharing of spiritual goods even more than material ones" (Catechism, 1947-1948).

We must identify with the poor as does Jesus (see 2 Cor 8:9).

 
Prayer: Father, may I be like Jesus and thereby be poor.
Promise: "The world as we know it is passing away." —1 Cor 7:31
Praise: Brother John put all his belongings into a single backpack to do missionary work and be one of the poor in a third-world country.
 
(For a related teaching, order our leaflet, The Beatitudes, or on audio AV 44-3 or video V-44.)
 
 
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Imprimatur ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from August 1, 2008 through September 30, 2008.
†Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 25, 2008.
 
The Imprimatur ("Permission to Publish") is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
Volume 24, Issue 5
  > Today's Reflection
  · List of Reflections
  · Letter to Readers
  · Top 100 Scriptures
  · XML / RSS Feed
  · eBook Edition
 
Subscription Requests
  · Subscribe, change, renew or cancel subscription
  · Sign-up for OBOB daily e-mail
 
Share OBOB
  · Send a sample issue to a friend
  · Order a box of OBOB for your group
  · E-mail a sample OBOB teaching to a friend

 

 

 
Home   ·   One Bread
One Body
  ·   Daily Bread
Radio
  ·   Small Christian
Communities
  ·   Publications   ·   Audio & Video
Catalog
  ·   Retreats   ·   Bible
Institute
  ·   Guadalupe
Bible College
  ·   Prayer
Room
 

Copyright © 2016 Presentation Ministries.
 
Make a Donation · About PM · Contact Us · Link To Us · Privacy Policy