God will bless the poor, hungry, sad, and persecuted.

NARRATOR: Jesus came down the mountain and stood on a level place where a crowd of his disciples and a large crowd of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coast of Tyre and Sidon were gathered. He looked at his disciples.

JESUS 1: Blessed are you poor because yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who are hungering now, because you will be filled. Blessed are you who are weeping now, because you will laugh.

JESUS 2: Blessed are you when people hate you, exclude you, insult you, and throw out your name as evil because of the Son of Man. Rejoice on that day and leap for joy, for your reward will be great in heaven. This is how people treated the prophets.

JESUS 3: But woe to you rich because your consolation is now. Woe to you who are full, you will hunger. Woe to you who laugh now, you will weep in your sorrow. Woe to you when all speak well of you. This is how people treated false prophets.

Luke 6.17,20-26

Sunday Readings: Jeremiah 17.5-8, 1 Corinthians 15.12, 16-20, Luke 6.17, 20-26

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