Here is St Luke’s version of the Beatitudes, which forms part of our Gospel reading today: ‘And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: “Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. “Blessed are you that hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you that weep now, for you shall laugh. Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, on account of the Son of man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets”’.

Whereas St Matthew’s Beatitudes are in the third person plural (theirs, they), St Luke’s Beatitudes are all in the second person plural (you). We are addressed directly. The challenge, and the blessing, are offered to us in these words. May we be not afraid to take them up, and may God bless you as you seek to live them.