Posted by: livingscripture | June 9, 2014

Monday of Week Ten in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.  He began to teach them, saying: ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.”

 (Matt 5: 1-3)      

How should we live this Word Pope Francis

After the celebrations of the great mysteries of Christ during Lent and Easter, we return today to Ordinary Time.  To live and celebrate the mystery of Christ in ordinary time means to accept living the life of true disciples faithfully every day.  It means to meet and listen to the Lord in daily life, recognizing that the Lord loves us and saves us in the concreteness of our regular life.

This is the message from the Gospel today as we celebrate the ‘Beatitudes’.  We have paused on the first one because it contains all the others that follow.  The road toward poverty of spirit is not that one of acquisition with our strength alone.  It is a road on which the Teacher walks before us and draws us delicately through the attractive power of His grace.  It is not an easy road to follow.  Jesus takes up the work of our spoliation with great tenderness, but also with meek determination.  He tends to free the littleness and the poverty that radically build us before Him and before our sisters and brothers.  Each of us carries within a small being that is poor and naked.  We want to hide this from our eyes, from the eyes of others, and even from the eyes of God.  But until this poverty is made visible and we recognize it, we will not know how to ask for what we need, because we really do not know what we lack.  Thus, Jesus is the first artificer of our poverty.  However, all this requires time and a lot of love, the infinite love that God pours out on us when He progressively disarms us and conquers our resistances. This is God’s work of love in us.  Evangelical poverty then overflows in love.  It is suffering and tears, hunger and thirst for justice, mercy, purity of heart, peace.  This is why poverty is the door to the Beatitudes and the Kingdom!

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, as I ponder these words of Jesus, I will ask Him to help me accept my existential poverty thus opening the door to His Beatitude and His Kingdom.

Lord, let me never tire to walk courageously on the road of the Beatitudes and in particular, of evangelical poverty according to Your Will. 

The voice of Pope John Paul II, Apostolic Exhortation on Consecrated Life, no. 33

The particular task of consecrated life is to keep alive in the Baptized, the awareness of the fundamental values of the Gospel, witnessing in a splendid and singular way that the world cannot be transfigured and offered to God without the spirit of the Beatitudes.


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