MY daily reflection and prayer: Saturday, November 1, 2014
Dear my friends, Here is the Gospel for us today, according to St. Mathew 5:1-12a.
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. Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ.
Today is the solemnity of all Saints who have been happy in heaven. Let’s consider the happiness of all Saints as Jesus proclaimed in His sermon on the mount. There, Jesus gives us the key of happiness.
According to Jesus, the happiness are a sign of contradiction to the world’s understanding of joy. The question is how can one possibly find happiness in poverty, hunger, mourning, and persecution? What does it mean?
This is the meaning of Jesus words. Poverty of spirit finds ample room and joy in possessing God as the greatest treasure possible. Hunger of the spirit seeks nourishment and strength in God’s word and Spirit. Sorrow and mourning over wasted life and sin leads to joyful freedom from the burden of guilt and spiritual oppression.
According to Jesus, God reveals to the humble of heart the true source of abundant life and happiness. He promises us that the joys of heaven will more than compensate for the troubles and hardships we can expect in this world.
The heart of Jesus’ message is that we can live a very happy life, now and here. It is the call to holiness and to be saints who joyfully pursue God’s will for their lives.
Jesus’ beatitudes sum up our vocation that we are to live a life of the beatitudes. Jesus reminds us that God gives us everything that leads to true happiness. Jesus’ beatitudes also confront us with decisive choices concerning the life we pursue here on earth and the use we make of the goods He puts at our disposal.
We can live without joy and happiness. In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we adore Jesus Christ, the only true source of our happiness. There we experience the happiness by hungering and thirsting for God alone.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, increase our hunger for You and show us the way that leads to everlasting peace and happiness. May we desire You above all else and find perfect joy in doing Your will, forever and ever. Amen.
Girli Kebon Dalem