6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Happy are those who trust in the Lord
O God, who teach us that you abide in hearts that are just and true,
grant that we may be so fashioned by your grace as to become a dwelling pleasing to you.
This week we are invited to reflect on the happiness which can be ours when we trust in the Lord.
In the First Reading, the Prophet Jeremiah teaches us through curses and blessings (the language of the time), that we need to make a choice – either to trust in human beings or to trust in the Lord. Depending on our choice, we will inhabit a dry wilderness or feel fulfilled and happy.
The same ideas are echoed in the Psalm, which also uses the image of a luxuriant and fruitful tree. It starts with a Beatitude: ‘Happy indeed are those who …’, thus introducing the Gospel from St Luke. Shorter than the more famous Beatitudes passage from Matthew’s Gospel, it contains a series of parallel warnings for those who make the wrong choices: ‘Alas for you ...’.
St Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians (Second Reading), points to another source of our happiness: the resurrection of Christ. If Christ had not been raised, we would not have been saved, and would remain in our sins. As he rose again for us, we are the happiest of all people.
This week, then, we might want to reflect on what makes us happy and on how much we trust in the Lord – and to wonder whether we might need to adjust some of our choices in order that others should have a greater share in this happiness.