Jeremiah 17: 5-8
Jeremiah urges faithfulness to God.  His list of one curse and one beatitude prepares us to hear the fuller list provided by Jesus in today’s Gospel. 

1 Corinthians 15: 12. 16-20
Paul tells the Corinthians how important it is to believe that Jesus was raised from the dead. 

Luke 6: 17. 20-26
Jesus provides a list of blessings and curses.  He predicts reversals in the fortunes of those who are now apparently blessed and of those now apparently cursed.