Reflection of the Word of God, Sunday February 13th, 2022
Blessed is the one who trust in the Lord
The first Reading (Jer 17,5-8), tells us about a curse or a blessing. Through the prophet, God asks his people to choose between two paths, to put all their trust in the human being, or to put all their trust in Him. The experience of the prophet assures that only those who put their trust in God will be safe and will produce fruit, because God does not fail in his promises.
The gospel also presents us with two paths, one that leads to blessedness, to happiness, and the other that leads to misfortune. (Lk 6:17.20-26): Blessed are you!... Woe to you! … Consider yourself happy and fortunate, says Luke, if you are or have been poor and rejected, because then you are still open to God. Because people who are going through difficulties are generally more open to others, more receptive to the help and love of God and of their brothers and sisters and, consequently, they are also more open to see the needs of others and to help them; for they know from experience what it means to be poor, worried, afflicted, and dependent on others. In contrast, the self-satisfied do not open easily to God, nor to the needs of other people. Jesus calls the poor happy, not because of their difficult situation, but because God is on their side. Their suffering will not last forever. God will do them justice.