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6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

The readings for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C are all about being blessed, which might also be translated happy or lucky. The gospel reading is from the Sermon on the Plain in the Gospel of Luke. The Beatitudes given in this gospel include both blessings and woes.

In the first reading we hear that those who trust in God are blessed and will bear fruit. In the second reading Paul reminds us that our hope is in the risen Christ. In the gospel Jesus turns upside down the notion of what it means to be blessed by giving us the Beatitudes.

Daily Mass Readings for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

  • First ReadingJeremiah 17:5-8: “Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose hope is the LORD. He is like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches out its roots to the stream: it fears not the heat when it comes; its leaves stay green; in the year of drought it shows no distress, but still bears fruit.”
  • Responsorial PsalmPsalm 1: “Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.”
  • Second Reading1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20: “If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are the most pitiable people of all. But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.”
  • GospelLuke 6:17, 20-26: “Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours. Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who are now weeping, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude and insult you, and denounce your name as evil on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice and leap for joy on that day! Behold, your reward will be great in heaven. For their ancestors treated the prophets in the same way.”

Themes for the Readings

  • The Beatitudes
  • The many blessings in our lives
  • Knowing God is with us when we don’t feel blessed

See some more extended themes and reflection questions for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C at the bottom of this post.

Resources for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

Blessings and Woes A Lesson Plan on the Beatitudes

Blessings and Woes Lesson Plan

This lesson plan on the Beatitudes will help youth understand the good and bad things which Jesus warns people about in the Sermon on the Plain from the Gospel of Luke.

Litany of the Beatitudes

Litany of the Beatitudes

Litany of the Beatitudes is a prayer which helps us remember the beatitudes. It also asks for our Lord’s grace so we can live these values in our daily lives.

beatitudes cryptogram puzzle

Printable Beatitudes Puzzle: Cryptogram

This printable beatitudes puzzle gives the eight beatitudes in random order. Children can figure out the key and substitute the letters to solve the puzzle and complete the beatitudes.

Not So Happy Meal Game

The Not So Happy Meal Game

Sometimes the things we think will make us happy are not so great after all. Youth will be asked to volunteer to eat a Happy Meal. But they don’t realize it will be blended up!

A Prayer for good Friends Based on Psalm 1

A Prayer for Good Friends

This prayer is based on Psalm 1, which is the responsorial psalm for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C. This prayer asks God to bless us with good friends and to help us make good choices about relationships.

Why Do We Consume But Are Not Satisfied?

We live in a world which is obsessed with consumerism. We invest time, energy, and money on our gadgets, fancy food and drink, clothes, home decor, etc. We chase wealth, fame, and the admiration or notice of others. So why do so many people seem dissatisfied? The teachings of the Catholic Church can explain.

Social Media Graphic for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

Hope in the Lord

Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose hope is the Lord.

Homilies and Reflections for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

Rich in Poverty

The gospel is upside-down. Our material state symbolizes our spiritual state. And in this context, being poor brings us treasure.

Blessed Detachment

Bishop Robert Barron explains that we can experience spiritual freedom by detaching ourselves from created goods.

The Beatitudes declare that those who are poor, who lack many goods, are blessed, or happy. This poverty is also an attitude toward the meaning of life: Jesus’ disciples do not believe they possess it or know everything already. Rather, they know they must learn every day.

Pope Francis

More Themes for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

In some ways our society is not that dissimilar to Jewish society at the time of Jesus. The world values power, wealth, fame, the esteem of others, and such. But if those things get in the way of loving and serving God and his people, then they are a curse rather than a blessing.

We may think that we can purchase products which will increase our happiness and give us satisfaction. But despite rampant consumerism, many are still empty. So we continue to try to fill ourselves with comfort and wealth. But that leads to the danger of being so focused on ourselves that we forget about the needs of other.

The blessings in the beatitudes show us how to grow closer to God. They tell us not to focus on our own comfort and our own abilities. This is the warning in the reading from Jeremiah also. Instead of believing in our own strength and power we need to understand our dependence on God and trust in him to care for us.

Reflection Questions

  • Do I trust more in myself or in God?
  • Is there an area of my life where I seek my own comfort over God?
  • Which of the Beatitudes am I drawn to today? Why?

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