Blessings and curses abound on the sixth Sunday after Epiphany. We would do well to listen closely to whom the “blessed ares” and the “woe tos” are directed and to find our place in the crowd among those who desire to touch Jesus. The risen Christ stands among us in the mystery of the holy supper with an invitation to live in him, and offers power to heal us all.
Readings and Psalm
- Jeremiah 17:5-10
Blessed are those who trust the Lord, they are like trees by water
- Psalm 1
They are like trees planted by streams of water. (Ps. 1:3)
- 1 Corinthians 15:12-20
Christ has been raised, the first fruits of those who have died
- Luke 6:17-26
Jesus speaks blessings on the poor and hungry; woes on the rich and full
A fundamental decision is placed before us this day: Will we choose the way of blessing or the way of woe? The death and resurrection of Jesus is the pivot on which the decision turns. To be in Christ means that we get planted by streams of water and are rooted among those who thirst for God’s reign. The mystery of our faith points the path to life: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.