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We the people of St MacCullins Parish, Lusk, will identify the pastoral and spiritual needs of our parishioners. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we will encourage and support our community to use their gifts and talents to meet these needs. We will be faithful in serving the Word of God by reaching out and welcoming all in the spirit of all caring for all.
We the people of St MacCullin's Parish, Lusk, will serve God by gathering regularly to celebrate the Sacraments and by listening to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We will always be guided by our concern and care for the spiritual well-being of our community. We will welcome newcomers and visitors to our Christian community. We will respect the individual faith of others by our Christian belief in justice, equality and peace. We will ask the Holy Spirit to give us the courage to accept and embrace change in our Catholic Church. We will constantly pray to Jesus Christ for guidance in encouraging more of our community to help in carrying out the mission of God in our parish.
29 January 2023
Today’s reading is the beginning of Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount, which is found in St Matthew’s Gospel. The form of the Beatitudes found here is not unique to Jesus. Beatitudes are found in the Old Testament, in the psalms and in wisdom literature, for example. They are a way to teach about who will find favour with God.
We quickly note in this reading that the people whom Jesus calls ‘blessed’ and ‘happy’ are not people we think of as blessed or happy … the poor in spirit, the meek, the persecuted. This Gospel is one of reversals. Jesus’s blueprint for happiness reflects little of what the world might call happiness.
‘Blessed’ is sometimes translated as happy, fortunate or favoured. In other words, Jesus is saying that divine favour is upon those who are poor, those who mourn, those who are persecuted. This news might have been welcome—and surprising—to the crowds who heard Jesus that day.
The Beatitudes can be understood as a framework for Christian living. Our vocation as Christians is not to be first in this world, but rather to be first in the eyes of God. By referring to the good things that the faithful will experience, St Matthew reminds us that those who act in the manner described in the Beatitudes will find their reward with God.
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