It is on 11th June 2023. The readings are from 2 Cor 1:1-7, and the Gospel from Matthew 5:1-12.
Are you an emblem or a problem?
“God does not comfort us to make us comfortable but to make us comforters,” says John Henry Jewett.
The content of our life contains not in the cover of our life but in the call of comforting others in need.
We need more than a pat on the head and a few words of reassurance. Most of all, we need blessing and felt presence! When we are in pain or confused, we long for someone to say, “Oh, but it does matter. It matters deeply.” The responsorial Psalm rightly acclaims: “Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.”
The Gospel presents us with the eight Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount.
The poor in Spirit, the mourners, the meek, the hungry, the merciful, the innocent, the peacemakers, and the persecuted will have their due as long as they depend on God’s Word.
The wind of evil and persecution will never stop blowing even when good people are at the helm of affairs.
The blueprint for happiness is outlined in Beatitude. It is the vision of Jesus and a synthesis and a summary of His entire preaching.
Jesus being the second Moses offers His New Law. It is the new law of love and a non-violent response to the growing violence in and around us. “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus, they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Mt. 5:12).
Violence is not the solution to any human owes and oppression. Let us not give in and blindly follow roots and plans of violence as the only response to the suffering and pain induced by others.
Living the Beatitude is a need of bringing God’s rule, and kingdom among the poor and the needy. May the Lord help us to adhere God’s Word to be the light of our life. God bless you.