The beatitudes and woes recorded in the Gospel of Luke are a manifesto for the Christian life. When Jesus teaches his followers what to expect from life, He speaks to Christians today, too.

Blessings and woes accompany everyone in life. By giving them voice, Jesus sanctifies them and encourages us to accept both in faith.

O Holy Spirit, may I embrace my blessings and even my woes. May my challenges lead me to deeper dependence on God and my blessings to thanksgiving.