MATTHEW 5:1-12 GOSPEL READING AND REFLECTION (June 8, 2020)

When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up the mountain. He sat down and his disciples gathered around him. Then he spoke and began to teach them:

Fortunate are those who are poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom in heaven. Fortunate are those who mourn; they shall be comforted. Fortunate are the gentle; they shall possess the land. Fortunate are those who hunger and thirst for  justice, for they shall be satisfied. Fortunate are the merciful, for they shall find mercy. Fortunate are those with pure hearts, for they shall see God. Fortunate are those who work for peace; they shall be called children of God. Fortunate are those who are persecuted for the cause of righteousness, for theirs, if the kingdom of heaven. Fortunate are you when people insult you and persecute you and speak all kinds of evil against you because you are my followers. Be glad and joyful, for a great reward is kept for you in God. For that is how this people persecuted the prophets who lived before you.

POINT OF REFLECTION

This gospel proclaims “beatitude.” It is the state of great joy which proceeds as a blessing from above. Jesus mentioned that, the one fortunate in the eye of the Lord are those who are poor in spirit, who mourn, who hunger, who suffer injustice, who are persecuted and insulted and likewise  those who are merciful, pure in their heart and  peace loving for what awaits is a reward in heaven.

Brothers and sisters, many times in our lives that world seems to be against us for no reasons. Many are the times that the world seems to be unjust and turn away from our favor. Many are the times that the world seems to roll over us and crush our spirit into unbearable sadness. But all those must not be the cause of desperation but a celebration in joy for the Father who is heaven gather gifts equivalent to our struggle in this earth. Remember, man’s greatest goal is to end up temporal life into heaven but if you have much of suffering, gifts filed in heaven.

So therefore, do not be blind by what you have more than others do. Do not be very dependent on your positions such as material wealth, exemplary talents and skills instead recognize that, who may you be will become, God has willed it.  Remember to live a life completely dependent to the Lord. It is impossible for us Christian to hurdle life in this earth without the presence of Jesus in us through the Holy Spirit.

Finally, Life in the colors of beatitude is a complete opposite of the world and requires complete dependence to God. Whoever you may become in the future, God willed it. Be brave and courageous for life is a continuous challenge to play on, do everything you could for the glory of His mighty name.

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