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The good news for the day January 29, 2017

Sunday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time (70)

A more contemporary rendering of the Sermon on the Mount:

When Jesus saw the crowds, (like Moses) he went to the mountaintop, and once He was settled there, his followers came up to him.  He began to inform them:

“How well off are people with wanting hearts! They’re in the Realm of what is Right.

How well off are people who grieve! Their comfort is on its way.

How well off are nice people! They are forming the next generation.

How well off are persons hungering and thirsting for what’s right! They will get satisfaction.

How well off are caring people! People will care about them.

How well off are people cleansed at heart! They are face-to-face with God.

How well off are people who create peace! Others will see them as the family of God.

How well off are people wronged for trying to fix wrongs! They are in the realm of what is Right.

How well off YOU are—when others cause you pain, bully you, and lie about you in evil ways because you behave like me.

Cheer up! Smile! Great is your return in the Realm of what is Right.

The traditional translation. When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.  He began to teach them, saying:

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.  He began to teach them, saying:

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

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

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.

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

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.

Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.“(Matthew 5)

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