Today we hear the beginning of the “Sermon on the Plain,” comparable to “The Sermon on the Mount” in Matthew. We hear three Beatitudes regarding the poor, the hungry, and the sorrowing. The fourth Beatitude reflects the hostility of Jesus’ enemies toward the end of His ministry. Then, we hear 4 “woes.” The woes are a strong appeal to the rich to meet the needs of the poor and weak. This section of the sermon is a call to service to take care of those who can’t take care of themselves.