When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up the mountain. He sat down and his disciples gathered around him. Then he spoke and began to teach them: «Fortunate are those who are poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Fortunate are those who mourn, they shall be comforted. Fortunate are the gentle, they shall possess the land. Fortunate are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied. Fortunate are the merciful, for they shall find mercy. Fortunate are those with a pure heart, for they shall see God. Fortunate are those who work for peace, they shall be called children of God. Fortunate are those who are persecuted for the cause of justice, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Fortunate are you, when people insult you and persecute you and speak all kinds of evil against you because you are my followers. Be glad and joyful, for a great reward is kept for you in God. This is how this people persecuted the prophets who lived before you».
Jesus claimping up is always to give us something very precious. Today He gives us the best teaching for our daily life. They are in fact not complicated, because they narrate us our daily life, our every human encounter, our relation with our brothers and sisters and help us to fix our priorities. They are help us to understand the divine mind and what God wishes from us.
If we look at them very closely, you will find that God wants us to be always happy and, joyful. He wishes that we act as God's beloved children. For this, He directs us towards the Father, the source of our existence. Once our life is totally rooted in this God who loves us, we can easily give ourselves, as Jesus gave himself generously in the Eucharist. It is in this bein and giving that we become like Christ, the Eucharist.
For me personally, the Beatitudes are the doors that lead us into the Kingdom of God. Only one door will suffice for us, because they are all well connected. If God has given us this gift of justice, let us be just ourselves, and work for justice to take its rightful place in society. Perhaps I cannot work for justice, yet I can be merciful, with a gentle and pure heart. That is why I invite you to choose the door that is next to you and try to enter it solemnly. AND, we will be joyful and happy.
Action of the day : Be a door (Beatitudes) for the other person.
«Fortunate are those who are poor in spirit»
Fr. Àngel CALDAS i Bosch
(Salt, Girona, Spain)
Today, with the proclamation of the Beatitudes, Jesus helps us realize how forgetful we can be and how we tend to be like children, who usually forget their memories because of their plays. Jesus feared that the amount of his “good news” —his words, his gestures, his silences— would be diluted amidst our sins and worries. In the parable of the sower, do you remember the image of the thorns that sprang up with his seeds, and choked them? Well, this is why St. Mathew run the Beatitudes as fundamental principles, so that we do not never ever forget them. They are a compendium of the New Law presented by Jesus, basic points which help us living a Christian life.
The Beatitudes are intended for everybody. The Master is not only teaching his disciples around him, nor does He exclude any kind of persons, but He delivers a Universal message. However, He emphasizes the disposition we must have and the moral behaviour He expects from us. While the definite salvation is not given in this world, but in the next, we must change, right now, while we are here, our mentality and our evaluation of things. It is necessary we get used to see the crying face of Christ, in those who mourn, in those poor of spirit, in the meek at heart, in those who yearn to become saints, in those who have taken a “determined determination”, as St. Therese of the Child Jesus liked to say, so that we can become Sowers of Peace and Joy.
The Beatitudes are the Lord's perfume participated in human history. But, also in yours and mine. The last two verses incorporate the presence of the Cross, as they invite us to rejoice when, because of him and of the Gospel, things go humanly wrong. For when the coherence of our Christian life is strong, we will then, most probably suffer persecution in a thousand different ways, amid unexpected difficulties and setbacks. St. Matthew's text is emphatic: so «Be glad and joyful, for a great reward is kept for you in God» (Mt 5,12).