The Beatitudes In Me

14 Feb 2010

Today’s Readings: Jer 17:5-8/Lk 6:17. 20-26

REFLECTION
In today’s Gospel Jesus was going down the mountain with his disciples Jesus stopped on the plain and gave his disciples the Beatitudes. Remember that Jesus was teaching a group of people who had already committed themselves to the kingdom of God becoming his followers. Jesus taught the Beatitudes to his disciples and the Lord is again teaching them to us – the Christians of the present generation.

The Gospel asks us what we value most. What should be people’s most important cOncern? The Gospel proposes an answer those who attach themselves to the riches of God’s Kingdom (personified by Jesus), are blessed.

If everyone, rich or poor, lives the values of generosity, justice and compassion, nobody would be miserably poor. We may not become in rich, but in our poverty and dependence on God, we shall be happy and blessed. This is the sign of the Kingdom of God. Unfortunately, what we see today is the opposite of the Kingdom of God. Jesus is inviting us through the Gospel to check our “(Be)attitude” towards material things and other earthly values.

We do not need to seek to be poor, to be hungry to be mournful and to be persecuted in order to be considered blessed and happy. The Beatitudes become reality when one seeks God and lives His teachings. When people live the Beatitudes, it iS a sign that Jesus has already been ruling our lives.

PRAYER
Loving Father, teach us the way to live the Beatitudes that we may be worthy to be called your chosen sons and daughters in your Kingdom here on earth. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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