Blessed are the poor. Blessed are the hungry.
Blessed are those who weep. Blessed are those who are hated.
Woe to the rich. Woe to those who are full.
Woe to those who are laughing. Woe to those who are spoken well of.
For the careful and thoughtful reader of this Gospel, the blessings and woes pronounced by Jesus in chapter 6 of this Gospel reach back into earlier parts of the story. Jesus is here standing on a level place, surrounded by a crowd of people, drawn from nearby and from places further afield, Jews and even Gentiles, who are crying out for help. It is a striking scene (see https://johntsquires.wordpress.com/2019/02/12/on-a-level-place-with-a-great-crowd-luke-6/)
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