17th February 2019

Sixth Sunday Ordinary Time

Jeremiah 17:5-8
Ps 1:1-4,6
1 Cor 15:12,16-20
Gospel Luke 6:17,20-26 

Alas for you who have your fill now: you shall go hungry

Jesus came down with the Twelve and stopped at a piece of level ground where there was a large gathering of his disciples with a great crowd of people from all parts of Judaea and from Jerusalem and from the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon. Then fixing his eyes on his disciples he said:
‘How happy are you who are poor: yours is the kingdom of God.
Happy you who are hungry now: you shall be satisfied.
Happy you who weep now: you shall laugh.
Happy are you when people hate you, drive you out, abuse you, denounce your name as criminal, on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice when that day comes and dance for joy, for then your reward will be great in heaven. This was the way their ancestors treated the prophets.
‘But alas for you who are rich: you are having your consolation now.
Alas for you who have your fill now: you shall go hungry.
Alas for you who laugh now: you shall mourn and weep.
‘Alas for you when the world speaks well of you! This was the way their ancestors treated the false prophets.’

The Desire for Happiness

The Beatitudes depict the countenance of Jesus … they are the paradoxical promises that sustain hope in the midst of tribulations; they proclaim the blessings and rewards already secured for Christ’s disciples; they have begun in the lives of the Virgin Mary and all the saints. The Beatitudes respond to the natural desire for happiness. This desire is of divine origin: God has placed it in the human heart in order to draw man to the One who alone can fulfill it: We all want to live happily.

 … The beatitude we are promised confronts us with decisive moral choices. It invites us to purify our hearts of bad instincts and to seek the love of God above all else. It teaches us that true happiness is not found in riches or well-being, in human fame or power, or in any human achievement – however beneficial it may be – such as science, technology, and art, or indeed in any creature, but in God alone, the source of every good and of all love.
Cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1716 – 1723

Thu 21 St. Peter Damian, Bishop, Doctor  
Fri 22 The Chair of St. Peter, Feast 
Sat 23 St. Polycarp, Bishop, Martyr          

Psalter Week II

Readings for the 7th Sunday in OT
1 Samuel 26:2,7-9,12-13,22-23
Ps 102:1-4,8,10,12-13
1 Cor 15:45-49
Luke 6:27-38

Prayer of Bishop Polycarp before Martyrdom

… and prepared to be an acceptable burnt-offering unto God, looked up to heaven, and said:

“O Lord God Almighty, the Father of your beloved and blessed Son Jesus Christ, by whom we have received the knowledge of You, the God of angels and powers, and of every creature, and of the whole race of the righteous who live before you, I give You thanks that You have counted me, worthy of this day and this hour, that I should have a part in the number of Your martyrs, in the cup of your Christ, to the resurrection of eternal life, both of soul and body, through the incorruption imparted by the Holy Ghost. Among whom may I be accepted this day before You as a fat and acceptable sacrifice, according as You, the ever-truthful God, have foreordained, have revealed beforehand to me, and now have fulfilled. Wherefore also I praise You for all things, I bless You, I glorify You, along with the everlasting and heavenly Jesus Christ, Your beloved Son, with whom, to You, and the Holy Ghost, be glory both now and to all coming ages. Amen.”
Cf. The Martyrdom of Polycarp, Catholic Encyclopedia

Weekly News

ASH WEDNESDAY 2019 will be 6 March, Mass at 12pm in AK. 6pm Polis.

DEEPEN YOUR FAITH Join our informal but informed discussions on Scripture, Church teaching, art and more. Tues 4 – 5:30 pm, in Tala. All ladies welcome! For information call Irene Meerman at 99 796040.

SOUP & SANDWICHES to help CARITAS, Thur 28 Feb at the Parish Hall, €10 suggested donation. Sign up for catering or call Fr. Jim 99793169.

CARITAS Paphos you can help the poor by bringing nonperishable food to the Shop or Church or you may give a donation to any of our priests. And thank you for the Papantoniou coupons, they have been really helpful, but please note that we need your card number to redeem them.

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