29 Jan 2023

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A Click here for all content for this cycle Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A


Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13  The humble remnant will prove to be God’s true people.

Psalm 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10  Those oppressed, marginalized, and forgotten will gain the Kingdom.

1 Corinthians 1:26-31  God chooses those who count for nothing to bring down those who think they’re something.

Matthew 5:1-12a  Blessed are those who seem less blessed and most cursed in this world.

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The inner word

What’s in your heart?

Which Beatitude speaks most forcefully to you at this moment in your life?

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Exploring the word

Blessed are the accursed?

I don’t know if anyone short of Jesus Christ would have ever uttered the Beatitudes. It just doesn’t make sense to say that the poor, the sad, the trampled, the abused, and the insulted are blessed.

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Homily stories

Living the Beatitudes one at a time

Jenn stood on the sidelines, clipboard in hand, coaching the sixth-grade girls’ volleyball team. She encouraged, she cajoled, and she redirected as she moved the girls in and out of the game.

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Penitential Act & Prayer of the Faithful

Blessed are the poor in spirit. Poor in spirit ourselves, we seek the Lord's mercy.

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When Jesus and his disciples are said to be in the world but not of the world, the meaning is clear enough. Although they live in the world they are not worldly, they do not subscribe to the present values and standards of the world.

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