Today's Mass Reading Reflections:
The readings in today’s Mass talk about the goodness of God and the way that the Christian should view the world. Luke gives his version of the Beatitudes, which is not as long or as comprehensive as that of Matthew.
In the first reading, Paul tells us to ‘kill’ everything that is within us that is opposed to God and he gives a list of those passions that particularly disturb us. They are as relevant today as they were then!
But Paul also tells us to ‘strip off our old behaviour and our old self and have put on a new self.’ We are changed in Jesus.
The psalm today tells us to give thanks to God and to make known his mighty deeds.
Then the gospel reveals to us the proper attitude of the Christian.
We would do well to read and to try to unite the three readings. In them we shall find a lot of practical advice about living the Christian life. The longer we live, the more we see that the Christian is being asked to take on a whole new attitude to life that differs radically from his old way and from the way that the world views life.
We are called to live the radical life of the beatitudes which overturns everything and every old idea we had. Only then can we hope to really experience the real peace of God.