“Blessed are you who are poor..., you who are hungry now..., you who weep but woe to you who are rich..., who are full now..., who are laughing now.”
~Luke 6:20-21, 24-25
Last week, Jesus invited his first disciples to follow him and to fish for people. So here they are this week “in the boat” with Jesus – these first four fisherman and some others – as Jesus paints for them a picture of their destination and as he starts to show them how to sail. He confirms the rumors, the messages already delivered, about the mission they are on. Yes, they are to be about holy reversals: God’s jubilee and the desire of God for the flourishing of all. It’s a message that’s already been delivered in Luke’s gospel by Jesus’ mother Mary, John the Baptist, and Jesus himself in the synagogue a few chapter before. Jesus affirms this mission again in his beatitudes and then he shows them the way they will go. And the way they will go is the way of Love.
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