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4th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

First Reading (Zephaniah 2, 3; 3, 12-13)

Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility;  perhaps you will be sheltered  on the day of the Lord’s anger. But I will leave within youthe meek and humble, who trust in the name of the Lord. The remnant of Israel will do no wrong;  they will speak no lies, nor will deceit be found in their mouths. They will eat and lie down and no one will make them afraid.

Second Reading (1 Cr 1, 26-31)

Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.  But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.  He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not —to nullify the things that are,  so that no one may boast before him.  It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”

The Gospel (Mt 5, 1-12a)

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him,  and he began to teach them, saying:  “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are those who mourn,for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful,for they will be shown mercy.  Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.  Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven.”