Posted by: livingscripture | January 29, 2017

Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

 

WORD of the DAY

When he 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…because…

 (Matthew 5: 1-3)

How shall I live this Word?sermon on the mount

The discourse on the Beatitudes is considered the Magna Carta that Jesus entrusts to His community as the normative and binding word to define a Christian.  It is a list of revolutionary attitudes to be lived ‘with our heart in our hands’, that is, always ready to act in Love.  This is the only way to be BLESSED in spite of all that can bring suffering and pain.

Is it possible to rejoice in poverty and in suffering?  It is possible to rejoice in sickness and in injustice?  Is it possible to rejoice in persecution and in extreme need?  Yes!  It is possible because we are walking toward the Kingdom which has no end.  It is the Kingdom of our Father who is with us and rejoices in our story with all its challenges and opportunities.  The earth is our heritage.  We can live sated with justice and mercy and give it to others by being just and merciful because this is the way we can see God in the certainty that it is He who first looked at us, loved us, and made us His own by calling us to live in His peace.

In sickness, in injustice, in innocent pain we can find the joy of being workers of transformation and builders of a culture that defends Life and Love.  This is the beatitude that makes us live for Christ, with Christ, and in Christ because here and now we see our recompense: happiness without end in the Kingdom that awaits us.

Lord, help us to be happy to build a more human world, stronger, more loving of life.

The voice of Gilbert Cesbron, Author and Philosopher

For me, this is the most important text for human history.  It is addressed to everyone, believer and non-believer, and it remains after 20 centuries, the one light that still shines in the darkness of violence, of fear, of solitude that the West has been cast into by its own pride and egoism.

 

 

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