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Homily: 17 February: 6th Sunday in Ordinary time

Sunday 17 February 2019

Archbishop Peter A Comesoli

St Luke’s version of the Beatitudes is quite different from those of Matthew, the ones we more commonly hear. Unlike Matthew who wrote his gospel for Jewish Christians, Luke was writing to gentile converts – many of whom were slaves, or foreigners or low born. Becoming followers of Christ had only exacerbated their situation. So, for them to hear ‘blessed are the poor’, without the ‘in spirit’ added, was to hear from God a powerful word of support and encouragement.