Sorry it's been a few days away from the daily readings. Today's reading is familiar to many of us. We call these the beatitudes, which means "blesseds." This is also the beginning of Jesus' most familiar chunk of teaching, the sermon on the mount. Notice how in God's economy the world is turned upside down. The other thing I'd like to point out in this passage is the calling to be light for the world. Our most important work isn't in the church; it's in the world. Our job is to make our faith matter for others, to build God's kingdom here on earth.