"Blessed are the poor in spirit . . ."
The Word for Sunday: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/012917.cfm
My homily reflections this Sunday will take the form of a reference to Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles in the link below. I had the chance to take a weekend off, with the help of a brother priest, to just get away. Bishop Barron's words on the readings for this Sunday are, as always, deeply thoughtful and encouraging. So just click on the link below and it should take you to his video for this Sunday.
Be at peace, trust the Lord in all things, and as our Gospel for this Sunday reminds us, we are blessed by God when we are "poor in spirit," "comforted when we mourn," blessed when we are "meek" and are "peacemakers," supported by his grace in times of misunderstanding and persecution of whatever source because of our faith in Jesus. Our reward? - the "kingdom of heaven." Not a bad promise at all.
Click on the link below for Bishop Barron's homily on this Sunday. Once you come to the face page of Word on Fire, click on "Resources" in the top bar, then click on "Homilies." That should take you to his video entitled "Blessed are we" for this Sunday:
Grant us, Lord our God,
that we may honor you with all our mind,
and love everyone in truth of heart.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever.
(Opening Prayer of Mass)