Lord Jesus, you bless the poor in spirit and give them the Kingdom. But we fatten ourselves, as James says, “in the day of slaughter”; we turn away from those whose physical poverty reminds us of our true spiritual state, and we build our own little kingdoms of self.
Kyrie eleison — Lord, have mercy.
You bless those who mourn and you comfort them. But we flee grief that leads to repentance, and we seek comfort in possessions and prestige and power.