February 13, 2010


6th Sunday - C
Luke 6:17, 20-26

A Large Number of People Came to Listen to Jesus

The message of Jesus is by no means easy to listen to or to follow. And the list of blessings and woes in Luke 6:20-26 is not something we as humans are comfortable with.

Yet, Luke sets the stage for this lesson from Jesus indicating that "a large number of the people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon" has come to listen to him. This statement shows the mixed audience of Jews (from Judea and Jerusalem) and gentiles (from Tyre and Sidon).

This crowd of people from mixed religious and ethnic backgrounds, with contradictory moral values, have all come to listen to Jesus. There is something appealing and universal in his message and from him as the teacher.

Do we still have the same appreciation for Jesus and his message?

Are we, as followers of Jesus, attracting people to His Gospel of love in our message and our life?

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