Word for the Weekend: January 29

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Here comes the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time! The scriptures and commentary on them for this weekend can be found here. Bringing children to Mass with you? Check here for hints on helping young ones prepare to hear the Word of the Lord.

The gospel of the day offers us Matthew's account of the Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes: Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of God...

The first lesson of the day, from Zephaniah, gives us a hint of what's to come in the gospel: Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth... seek justice, seek humility; perhaps you may be sheltered...

The second lesson, continuing a series of readings from 1 Corinthians, fits nicely and thematically with the other two texts and their "turn-around" of what might be expected: God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong, and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something...

These are texts that deserve our rereading and pondering, in spite of their familiarity - especially the Beatitudes.  We do ourselves a disservice when we dismiss a familiar passage with an "Oh-I-know-this-one" attitude.

Take the time to click on this link and spend some time with these holy words that you might be more ready and open to receive them when they are proclaimed at Mass this weekend.

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