Jesus came down with Peter, James and John and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon.
They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases;
and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured.
And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.
Then he looked up at his disciples and said:
‘Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
‘Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled.
‘Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
‘Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you,
revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man.
Rejoice on that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven;
for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.
‘But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
‘Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry.
‘Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep.
‘Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.
Conversation: When you come towards the end of your time of prayer, talk to
Jesus about what has come up for you.
Imagine how he might reply.
A Prayer: End with a formal prayer, such as the Lord's Prayer/Our Father
Did I See You, God?
On the Broadway,
where dirty garbage and broken glass
is kicked about and
the greasy sidewalk,
I thought I smelled God.
In the bar,
with music shrieking,
air thick with tobacco haze, and
the stink of stale beer,
I thought I heard God.
In the brothel,
with its despairing waits
distorted sex and
I thought I touched God.
In the soup kitchen,
where sick and lonely people
shuffled in line for
plastic plates and orange juice.
I thought I saw God.
Oh, did I really see you, God?
Where did I see you, God?
A Mystical Heart