The challenge to be merciful to the criminal

For 30 January 2011, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, based on Mt 5:1-12

  When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

  “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

  “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

  “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

  “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

  “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

  “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

  “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

  “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

  “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.

Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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A Dominican friar, born in Western Victoria in 1940, I worked up and down Eastern Australia from 1965 until 1991, when I went to Aotearoa-New Zealand for twenty years, then to the Solomon Islands. After some medical adventures, I’ve been back in Melbourne since 2016. Besides this blog, Archways to the Infinite was published in 2018, [Garratt Publications] and a book on clericalism will soon be launched.