The Beatitudes

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. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.''

REFLECTION

Blessed are the poor. The Beatitudes describe the persons who are truly happy in the eyes of Jesus. To be honest, we have to admit that it is not easy for us to see that the people named here are the truly happy persons. Only faith enables us to do that.

But it is this way: The Beatitudes are a self-portrait of Jesus. Jesus is the One who is poor in spirit, who mourns, who is meek, who hungers and thirsts for righteousness. He is the merciful One, the One who is clean of heart, the peacemaker, the One persecuted for righteousness' sake.

Now, we ask, is Jesus truly happy? Indeed He is. He is THE BLESSED ONE who comes in the name of the Lord, as we say at Mass. If Jesus is the Blessed One, the happy ones are all who are like Him (as described in the Beatitudes) and are also blessed.

Are you among the blessed?

Do you dare to be happy the way Jesus wants you to be happy?

SOURCE: ''366 Days with the Lord 2013,'' ST PAULS, 7708 St. Paul Rd., SAV, Makati City (Phils.); Tel.: 895-9701; Fax 895-7328; E-mail: books@stpauls.ph; Website: http://www.stpauls.ph

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