17He came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon. 18They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. 19And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.
20Then he looked up at his disciples and said:
“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
21Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled.
Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
22“Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. 23Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.
Notes on Luke 6:17-23.
Luke’s account of this story has both contrast and continuity with Matthew’s account. This is a time for surprising blessings. This is a time to recognise that there are situations and conditions of human life which may seem or feel like they are dark into which light shines. How wide open are our eyes?