Weekend of January 29-30, 2011-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Zephaniah 2:3,3:12-13                         1 Corinthians 1:26-31                                 Matthew 5:1-12

Zephaniah calls God’s people to lead lives of humility, to seek the Lord and follow in his ways.  Likewise, Paul stresses how God has chosen the foolish to shame the wise and the weak to shame the strong.  In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus provides a guide for truly living the Christian life.

We call this the Beatitudes.

Jesus gave us the Beatitudes to help us understand more fully the values we are to live by as his followers.  They encourage us to live in a way counter to the world’s standards; the way Jesus did by his example.