“But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort. Woe to you who are well fed now, for you will go hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep.

– Luke 6:24-25 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

Jesus is contrasting those who are blessed and those who are not. Notice that he addresses those who are rich, well fed, and who laugh (many scholars connect this to the laughter of scorn). These are traits of those who are satisfied with life on this earth. But we were meant for more than money, comfort and a sense of superiority. We were meant for God and God alone. When we feel most at home on this broken world, we are estranged from God, for we have allowed the seductions of Eden to make us think that we don’t need God anymore. May we be a people who don’t look for comfort but calling. May we be willing to forgo personal benefit for others, and may we humble ourselves and regard others as more important than ourselves.

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