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Vol: 46, No.15 6TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) February 17 2019  
Not so are the wicked, not so! For they like winnowed chaff shall be driven away by the wind. For the Lord guards the way of the just but the way of the wicked leads to doom. R/
(Paul responds to those in Corinth who spread the rumour that there is no resurrection from the dead. Paul argues strongly for the resurrection of the dead).
A reading from the First Letter of St Paul to the Corinthians (15:12, 16-20)
If Christ is preached as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised. If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have died in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all men most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
The Word of the Lord
Alleluia, alleluia! Rejoice and be glad: your reward will be great in heaven. Alleluia!
(In this passage we have the Lucan equivalent of the Matthean Sermon on the Mount that begins with the beatitudes. Luke gives only four beatitudes but supplements them with four woes).
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to St Luke (6:17, 20-26)
Jesus came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: “Blessed are you
poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. “Blessed are you that hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. “Blessed are you that weep now, for you shall laugh. “Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, on account of the Son of man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets. “But woe to you that are rich, for you have received your consolation. “Woe to you that are full now, for you shall hunger. “Woe to you that laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep. “Woe to you, when all men speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.”
The Gospel of the Lord
I believe in God,/...
Cel: The beatitudes in today’s gospel are best understood in the light of the resurrection of Jesus. The resurrection is the transforming moment when the old world has given way to a new world with new equations and values. Let us pray that the difficulties and trials we face in life may be turned to joy and happiness, saying,
Response: Lord, may your kingdom come!
1. For the pope, the bishops, the clergy and the religious that as leaders in the Church they may work towards the eradication of poverty and misery from the world, we pray … R/
2. That the large number of people who are still poor lacking the basic amenities of life such as sufficient food, clean water and basic health care that these poor nations may be helped to develop themselves, we pray … R/
3. That the working class, be it agricultural labourers, simple artisans, or other daily labourers, may be paid good salaries so that they can sustain their families and educate their children with ease, we pray … R/
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