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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

January 29, 2017


Gospel: Mt 5:1-12a
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 (1), 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 (2). Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven."
The difficult words
(1)The merciful are those who show great care, love, and forgiveness.
(2)Because of me here means because of your belief in me.

This week’s spotlight
The beatitudes
The "beatitudes” are eight statements in the plan for happiness that Jesus taught in his Sermon on the Mount. The name comes from the Latin word "beatus," meaning blessed or happy. In the beatitudes, Jesus teaches the opposite from what the world might say. He says the poor, meek, and persecuted are blessed - not the rich, proud, and powerful. Why? They are more open to receiving God because they know how much they need him.
The word of the Lord... Thanks be to God!
At the end of the first and second readings at Mass, the reader proclaims, “The word of the Lord." The people reply, ‘Thanks be to God." The reader's statement reminds us that we have just heard God’s holy word, and the people's reply expresses our joy and gratitude for this gift. But the reader's words might sound odd. Why doesn't the reader say, 'This is the word of the Lord"? “The word of the Lord" better matches the official Latin text of the Mass. It also relates to what we hear at Communion:The Priest or other minister says. "The Body of Christ" and we answer. "Amen." To say, 'The word of the Lord” reminds us that we are also receiving God in his word, and to reply. “Thanks be to God" is our "Amen" to that.
Blessed with happiness!
Blessed are you! Jesus wants you to be happy. In the Gospels, Jesus tells us his plan for true happiness. It’s not the kind of happiness the world offers. In fact, Jesus often tells us to do the opposite of what the world says and does. Jesus says that true happiness comes from God. If we are open to receiving God, he will help us continue to grow, continue to become the saints he has called us to be. We won’t find happiness in money, popularity, or power. We can’t buy it at the mall or win it in a video game. God will give us everything we need. All we have to do is say “yes” and receive him. Let’s open our hearts to him, for he is the way to happiness!
Discussion questions

1.What does Jesus teach in today’s Gospel?
2.What are the beautitudes?
3.What does Jesus promise at the end of the Gospel?
Praying after Communion
After receiving Holy Communion, you can say this prayer silently to yourself. If you have not yet received your First Communion, you can still say this prayer because of your desire to receive Jesus.
Father, through Jesus, in communion with the whole Church, I thank you for coming into my heart. Help me to live the beatitudes that you taught, so that I will find true happiness forever. Let my "Amen" at Holy Communion be a true "Yes” to you in my heart.
This week…
Recognizing happiness

The beatitudes are about happiness! Each evening this week, take time to recall the happy  little moments of your day. Remember the faces of those people who made you feel happy. Thank the Lord for these gifts.
Desire happiness for others
Happiness is best when it's shared with others. You can desire and pray for others to be happy, too! Write down on paper the names of those whom you want to be happy. Put the sheet in your prayer comer. When you pray each day, ask God to bless these people.



Source: usccb.org -  Magnifikid - sermons4kids.comrclblectionary.com –usccb.org/bible/readings-audio.cfm



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