(Week 23 of the year: Wednesday)
HOW HAPPY ARE YOU WHO ARE POOR. BUT ALAS FOR YOU WHO ARE RICH.
Fixing his eyes on his disciples Jesus 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 your 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.”
V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.