Dorothy Day, great pioneer of the Catholic Worker movement, was once accosted by a fellow Catholic who was of the opinion that Day’s radical stance of living for and with the poor was a bit over the top. Day replied to him, “Go home and read the four gospels. Then we can talk.”
Can we talk frankly about the demands of the Beatitudes and Woes as presented this week in Luke 6:20-30?
First we have to take the nice music away – you know, the kind that makes the beatitudes feel smooth and lovely. Then we have to get out our brushes and brooms and whisk away the glitter, and then question the notion that these words are sweet and silky to “taste and see.” Quite frankly, Luke’s beatitudes are harder to hear and harder to chew than those in Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount. Continue reading →