Jesus looked up at his disciples and said:
â€œBlessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
â€œBlessed are you who are hungry now,
for you will be filled.
â€œBlessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.
Â Â â€œBlessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.
â€œBut woe to you who are rich,
for you have received your consolation.
â€œWoe to you who are full now,
for you will be hungry.
â€œWoe to you who are laughing now,
for you will mourn and weep.
Â â€œWoe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.
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.