(1st Sunday after Chinese New Year)
A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mt 5,1-12
1* When he saw the crowds,* he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. 2He began to teach them, saying:
3“Blessed are the poor in spirit,* for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.a
4* Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5* Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
6 Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,* for they will be satisfied.
7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.d
8* Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,* for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me. 12* Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.h Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
—The Gospel of the Lord.