Lifting up his eyes to his disciples, Jesus said, «Fortunate are you who are poor, the kingdom of God is yours. Fortunate are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. Fortunate are you who weep now, for you will laugh. Fortunate are you when people hate you, when they reject you and insult you and number you among criminals, because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for a great reward is kept for you in heaven (…)».
Very often people have a wrong notion of life, while comparing the life with that of others. They see others very happy, with good health, rich, blessed, filled with many opportunities, or sometime of everything that I have mentioned. How wrong are we in our observation and discernment? No one has everything good in life. There is always ups and downs. Our temptation is to see what others have and what we don’t have, which leads us to be jealous and unhappy.
Today Jesus helps us to understand the means to be happy and asks us to give attention to His teaching. I will take two of them for sharing.
The first means to be happy is to be humble. Those who live a life of poverty are rich in many aspects of life and they cherish this poverty. It is in this simple life that we see the face of God. This poverty helps us to empty ourselves and put all our trust in God. In every tragedy of life, they look at God with deep faith and hope. These kind of people are generally happy. Let’s not reduce this poverty into material poverty.
Thirst for justice, and this is the divine justice, not as human being see what is just. People those who would like to be just before God, see in everything what is just for God. It is here they search for divine will and try to respond positively. What is just before God, is good for the giver and the receiver with the same intensity. Very often, it is the giver who feels the joy of giving. They are generous in everything, in giving their time, sharing what they have, charitable in their words, merciful in their approach, etc. Such people are blessed and blessed people are happy.
Have a wonderful day.
Action of the day: Be kind and charitable.
The "Beatitudes", the Christian’s paradoxes
EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI)
(Città del Vaticano, Vatican)
Today, Jesus repeatedly calls "blessed" to his disciples. The "Beatitudes" are words of promise that work at the same time as moral guidance. Each "beatitude" describes, so to speak, the realistic condition of the disciples of Christ: they are poor, they are hungry, they cry, they are hated, persecuted... The beatitudes are like practical "qualifications", but also like theological-moral indications.
Despite the threatening situation in which Jesus considers his disciples, this situation becomes a promise when regarded in the light coming from the Father. For the disciple, the "Beatitudes" are a paradox: the standards of the world are turned upside down when you just look at things from God’s scale of values. The "Beatitudes" are promises resplendent with the new image of the world and of the man inaugurated by Jesus, His "transformation of values ".
—When I "look" through you, O Lord, then, I live with new standards, I begin to "feel" something of what is yet to come (Heaven) and joy enters in my tribulation.