THIRTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME — Year C

Alternate Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12a

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on the mountainside, and after he sat down and the disciples
had gathered around, Jesus began to teach them:
“Blessed are those who are poor in spirit:
The kindom of heaven is theirs.

Blessed are those who are mourning:
They will be consoled.

Blessed are those who are gentle:
They will inherit the land.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice:
They will have their fill.

Blessed are those who show mercy to others:
They will be shown mercy.

Blessed are those who hearts are clean:
The will see God.

Blessed are those who work for peace:
They will be called children of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted
because of their struggle for justice:
The kindom of heaven is theirs.

You are fortunate when others insult you and persecute you, and utter every kind of slander against you
because of me.  Be glad and rejoice, for your reward in heaven is great.

The Good Word as spoken through Matthew