Theme: TRUST IN GOD: “IN GOD WE TRUST”!
- Jeremiah 17:5-8;
- Psalm 1:1-4. 6. R/ Ps 39:5;
- 1 Corinthians 15:12. 16-20
- Luke 6:17. 20-26
1. Today is the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C. The readings today tell us to trust in God!
The gospel today tells us that the poor are blessed, and to the poor belong the kingdom of God! But who are the poor? The poor are: (i) those without money; (ii) those who have money, but are detached from their money, and put their trust in God, for life, love and happiness; (iii) those who are spiritually poor, that is, the sinners; (iv) those who are sinners, but who put their trust in God for their salvation! Thus the parallel gospel of St. Mathew: “How blessed are the poor in spirit: the kingdom of heaven is theirs.”! (Mt 5:3) Note that Matthew added the words “in spirit” to the word “poor”!
2. The first reading follows the theme of the gospel. The first reading tells us to put our trust in God and not in man! The first reading tells us that those who put their trust in God are like a tree planted next to a stream. Its leaves are always green and it bears much fruit. It will not die even in the dry season, and even if there is a drought; instead its leaves remain green and it bears much fruit!
But those who trust in man and not in God are like a bush planted in the desert where there is no water or soil, but only sun and sand! It will die!
3. The responsorial psalm follows the theme of the first reading. Again, the responsorial psalm tells us that those who trust in the Lord are like a tree planted next to a running stream! It will never die; instead its leaves will always be green and it will bear much fruit! Those who trust in the Lord will prosper in all that they do!
But not so are the wicked! The wicked are like winnowed chaff (husks)! They will be blown away by the wind! They will die! They are doomed!
Thus the response (Ps 39:5) and the third and fourth stanzas of the responsorial psalm (Ps 1:3-4. 6):
“Happy the man who has placed his trust in the Lord”! (Ps 39:5) “He is like a tree that is planted beside the flowing waters, that yields its fruit in due season and whose leaves shall never fade; and all that he does shall prosper. Not so are the wicked, not so! For they like winnowed chaff shall be driven away by the wind. For the Lord guards the way of the just but the way of the wicked leads to doom.”! (Ps 1:3-4. 6)
4. Most importantly, the second reading tells us that Jesus Christ trusted in God the Father until death, and God the Father raised him from the dead, and through him will raise us all from the dead!
In the second reading Paul tells the Corinthians that God the Father raised Jesus Christ from the dead, and through Jesus Christ, God the Father will raise us all from the dead! The Corinthians did not believe in the resurrection of the dead!
Thus Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “If Christ raised from the dead is what has been preached, how can some of you be saying that there is no resurrection of the dead?” (1 Co 15:12) “But Christ has in fact been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of all who have fallen asleep.”! (1 Co 15:20)
5. Today in the Eucharist, we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and we eat his body and drink his blood, and our Risen Lord will give us his Holy Spirit, so that like him, we will trust in God our Father until death, and God our Father, through his Son Jesus Christ, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, will raise us all from the dead!