Monday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

(Mt 5: 1-12)

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.”

Fortune and misfortune are but matters of perception. Both contain the other. It is rather the meaning attached to them that is more important. And so what may patently seem a misfortune for a world that puts the self as the center becomes a source of blessedness for those who have no choice but to bear the hardships the world imposes upon them because they are the weak, the voiceless and those without power to defend their rights. When everything else fail and there is no one to turn to, trust in God to right the patently wrong. First, He will make it a source of blessing, of a capacity for patient endurance that does not quell the spirit of the person. Rather a resiliency and quiet strength is borne. Secondly, these people purified by their experience will begin to overrun the oppressive structure of society bringing with them the learnings acquired from the experience. Lastly, there will be a new order that comes not violent revolution but from the transformation that took place in the hearts and minds of God’s own little ones.

Daily Gospel 2017

prayer08Jesus, what for God is blessing is that we are always trying to avoid it! We are afraid of poverty, fear of hunger, of grief, of jealousy, of persecution … Those are things that we fear and want to ignore, but God invites us to live.

Lord, for the love that You give me was presented in this world and You want me to be happy forever. May I permeate God’s love for me so that I can feel only the Lord is eternal happiness, only the Lord is the great treasure that I want to possess, and having the Lord I will not be afraid or avoid anything else because there is nothing more meaningful than having a God. Help me to always believe in God. Amen.


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