Luke 6:17-26 — The Message
Coming down off the mountain with them, he stood on a plain surrounded by disciples, and was soon joined by a huge congregation from all over Judea and Jerusalem, even from the seaside towns of Tyre and Sidon. They had come both to hear him and to be cured of their ailments. Those disturbed by evil spirits were healed. Everyone was trying to touch him—so much energy surging from him, so many people healed! Then he spoke:
You’re blessed when you’ve lost it all. God’s kingdom is there for the finding. You’re blessed when you’re ravenously hungry. Then you’re ready for the Messianic meal. You’re blessed when the tears flow freely. Joy comes with the morning.
“Count yourself blessed every time someone cuts you down or throws you out, every time someone smears or blackens your name to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and that that person is uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens — skip like a lamb, if you like! — for even though they don’t like it, I do . . . and all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company; my preachers and witnesses have always been treated like this.
But it’s trouble ahead if you think you have it made. What you have is all you’ll ever get. And it’s trouble ahead if you’re satisfied with yourself. Your self will not satisfy you for long. And it’s trouble ahead if you think life’s all fun and games. There’s suffering to be met, and you’re going to meet it.
“There’s trouble ahead when you live only for the approval of others, saying what flatters them, doing what indulges them. Popularity contests are not truth contests—look how many scoundrel preachers were approved by your ancestors! Your task is to be true, not popular.



Being Blessed
Luke 6:17-26

What does it mean to be blessed?
How do we go about living
a life that is blessed?
I have come to believe that
it is when we live
and speak and think
in a manner
that enriches the
lives of others
we are living blessed lives,
because we are
actively blessing.
To many of us think
that we have the right,
to enable
ourselves to look
better in our
own eyes by
always having some
to speak,
(read that something
profoundly hurtful
to say about another
human being).
There is always
some dirt to dish,
some filthy pot to stir,
if we look for it,
but is that what
we truly want?
For every mean,
gossipy thing
that can be said
about someone else,
some “secret” just
found out that is spreadable,
there is one
that can come back
on us,
as well.
And for the one
who thinks they are
oh so cute
by making random
inflammatory statements —
political, racist, sexist, homophobic —
so as to rile people up,
“get their goats”,
“just kidding,”
how can they live
a life that is blessed
and keep this up?
In this scripture we
discover that
is a surefire way to fail
in the blessedness realm
because it cloaks truth
with a
kind of falseness
that is deadly to the soul.
And it may feel
momentarily good to
cause someone else
a ration of grief,
but it will,
come back on us.
And how can we be
blessed by losing it all?
Because the word,
here, implies our
hurt, fragile, wounded egos
that that many mistakenly
believe will be
healed by
tearing others down.
Speaking love
blesses and heals.
Spreading rumors
and gossip
— hurtful , incendiary,
troublemaking things —
in the end,
kills hearts.
Bless or violate
another human,
the choice
is ours to


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