Posted by: livingscripture | June 8, 2015

Tenth Monday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Blessed are the poor in spirit…blessed are they who mourn…Blessed are the meek… …Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness…Blessed are the merciful…Blessed are the clean of heart…Blessed are the peacemakers…Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness…Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you…”         (Matthew 5: 1-12)

How should we live this WordJesus preaching

 Jesus teaches and gives us eight beatitudes to live so that we may be blest and happy.  We are this, not because we are sorrowing, persecuted, or conquered, but because we trust in God, abandoning ourselves completely to Him, and thus we experience His presence.  We accept our story as it is even with its weaknesses and physical and moral sufferings, knowing that they are all relative, under God’s loving and benevolent gaze.  Although he permits them, He guides us to a future of joy and peace.

It does not mean well-being from a human standpoint, but allowing ourselves to be guided by God’s presence, not becoming depressed in difficulties, but valuing them as possibilities for good, for longing for a new world, for being understanding and humble, for enabling justice in life, for showing mercy, and for forgiving those who err.   By promoting material and spiritual well-being, Christians participate in the mission of Jesus, the living and sublime model of every beatitude.

The Beatitudes trace out for us the way toward true happiness and are summarized by confidence in God and by loving others with the impassioned and total love of Jesus.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will thank Jesus for lighting the way to true happiness with His Beatitudes and ask Him to help me live them in my daily life.

Lord Jesus, open my heart to understand the new law expressed in the Beatitudes and help me to live these attitudes in my daily life.

 The Voice of the Adult Catechism

The Beatitudes of the Kingdom synthesize Christian perfection and delineate the picture of a disciple of Jesus.  Even more, “they are a kind of authorization from Christ and because of this, they are an invitation to follow Him and be in communion of life with Him” (John Paul II, Veritatis Splendor).  They indicate an unforeseen and paradoxical way to happiness.  It is the way of crucified love that gives meaning to suffering without first eliminating it, and when possible, fighting with peaceful means to overcome it.


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