Monday of the 10th Week of the Year

Matt 5:1-12

The Beatitudes

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“Life is difficult,” starts Scott peck in his best-selling book The Road Less Travelled. If I may add, “Christian life is more difficult.” “The Beatitudes are a call to us to see ourselves, to live with ourselves in a way that probably does not come easily to most of us,” Simon Tugwell says. Indeed, following Christ is not easy.

A biblical scholar says, “The Beatitudes take the accepted worldly standards and principles and turn them upside down: the people Jesus considers and calls happy, the world would call wretched and the people Jesus calls wretched, the world  would call happy.” When Jesus says, “woe to you who are rich,” he is saying, if you set your hearts and expend all your energies to obtain the things which the world values, you will get them, surely, but that is all you get, no more no less.

However, in striving to be loyal to God and true to Christ,, you will run into all kinds of trouble and ridicule, persecuted even because of Him; you may, by the world’s standards, look unhappy and unfortunate, but much of your payment/reward will be joy and happiness with God for all eternity. (Fr. Fred Mislang, SVD Bible Diary 2002)

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Remembering our elementary days when at one time or another we joined in making “salubong” with our classmates who girded themselves for a fistfight but would not really come and fight? Remember what we said, “O sige nga,hawakan mo nga sa tenga.” “Takot ka yata, eh.” Of course now that we are adults we don’t do that anymore. We only stab each other’s back by spreading tsismis and by other subtle means. Alas, but this seems to be the culture of the world we live in!

Very often the world’s values are opposite to Jesus’ values. The world says: “You’re a classic warrior when you divide and conquer your enemies.” Jesus says: “Blessed are you the peacemakers.” The world says: “Be strong, don’t depend on anybody, mind your own business, be in control and be rich!” Jesus says: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, the gentle, the merciful and the pure of heart.” The world proclaims: “Never show weakness, pretend that everything is alright even if it is not, flee suffering and pain, don’t cry.” Jesus says: “Blessed those who mourn, those who hunger and thirst for what is right.” The world says: “If they accuse you, fight back and tell the world they are lying, get lawyers who are good in making counter accusations, the truth is not the issue here.” Jesus proclaims: “Happy are you when people abuse you and persecute you…on my account.”

Finally the world will sing to you: “be happy, don’t worry.” Unfortunately, even in the midst of plenty, many are not happy. Many still turn to sex, money, fame, drugs and power, only to find out that they are as lonely as before. On the other hand, Jesus proclaims what will make one truly happy and blessed. The secret had been there since two thousand years ago. It is yours if you want it. And here’s a bonus: “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven….” (Fr. Atilano Corcuera, SVD Bible Diary 2004)

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In Bits and Pieces it says: “To look is one thing. To see what you look at is another. To understand what you see is a third. To learn from what you understand is still something else. But to act on what you learn is all that really matters.” This is the foundation upon which the Sermon on the Mount is anchored. Jesus knew that the time for action is now, and therefore, He had to instruct His disciples what to do and the message they are to bring. It is like the twelve receiving their ordination address from Jesus in this event. They may have received all the knowledge from Jesus, but they account for nothing if they are not truly lived.

God’s kingdom is revealed to those with pure heart. To seek it, man must stay focused and use his gifts, the highest of which is wisdom, wisdom to choose the right path. And he will be pleased if many are brought along. Man could give his share in fulfilling His works such as encouraging and acknowledging good works, enlightening those who are lost, defending the weak and forgiving and welcoming back sincere and repentant sinners. (Fr. Jojo Caballes, SVD Bible Diary 2005)

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In Korea I visited three Filipinos who were detained because of visa problems. Before entering the room where I could meet them, I have to process some papers. I was very sad while processing the papers because I was thinking of their situation. But after meeting them my sadness turned to joy.

When the three Filipinos saw me entering the room they greeted me joyfully. There was no trace of sadness in their faces. “How are you?” I asked. “Okay lang,” they said. “Are you sure you are okay?” I followed up. One of them gave me a surprising answer, “if we will take our situation seriously, we will go crazy,” and we all burst in laughter.

I have met many Filipinos in Korea with heavy problems. One thing very pronounced in their handling of problems they still managed to smile and cracked jokes.

“Be happy” seems to be the favorite motto of Filipinos. No wonder we are said to be the jolliest people in the world. The Filipinos are rich in smiles and can be happy in simply things.

Filipino migrant workers are indeed heroes of our country and they are blest. Based on my experiences with them I can attest that they live the spirit of the beatitudes. They don’t only think of themselves. Instead they think more of their families. All they want is to give their loved ones a better life. These people are really the happy ones because they suffer for the sake of love. They are happy and fulfilled despite their pains. (Fr. Emmanuel Ferrer, SVD Bible Diary 2006)

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The beatitudes comprise the core of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. It is like a new version of the Old Testament Commandments reduced in number and formulated positively.

The first beatitude is addressed both to the poor and the rich. To be poor in spirit means that life must be lived in radical dependence on the goodness and providence of God who is the source of all good things. This beatitude does not live out the rich; it fact, directs them to share their abundance with those who have so little to live a decent human existence for after all God is the true source of security and wealth.

The second beatitude touches the core of our wounded human condition. The capacity to mourn does not only bring healing to those who are suffering but heals and comforts us as well.

The third beatitude comes from the tranquility and gentleness of spirit in a person united with God, who is filled not only with the passion to right the wrong but also the compassion to offer renewal to the wrongdoer.

The fourth beatitude adverts to the deepest thirst and hunger of the human heart which is the thirst and hunger for the righteousness of God realized in justice. When justice flourishes, God’s righteousness reigns.

The fifth beatitude clarifies the content of mercy as more than pity. It is a movement of the heart and will for the suffering of others in a true and genuine caring. Moreover, only those who have known God’s mercy and compassion can truly be merciful and compassionate to those who suffer.

The sixth beatitude speaks of a purity of heart that centers on God through one’s concern and compassion for others. Centering all our work, relationships and commitments to God brings transformation to our world steeped in suffering and despair.

The seventh beatitude celebrates the triumph of peace in men and women who toil and labor for peace. Peace is founded on love, justice and truth. When one of these human values is violated, peace is not attained. Peace is a total and integral human reality.

The eighth and last beatitude exalts persecution for the sake of righteousness. Suffering born of love and commitment is a suffering which is truly united with the suffering of the Crucified Christ.

The call for us is to become embodiments of the beatitudes and in so doing build up the reign of God on earth, ( from: Ma. Cristina Astorga, in Living the Faith Option). Fr. Raul Caga, SVD Bible Diary 2008)

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June 6, 2016 Monday

I read an enlightening article on the Beautitudes. It argues that the eight beautitudes is are bestdivided into two – the first four (Mt 5, 3-6) “may reasonably be interpreted as promising eschatological reversals to those who are unfortunate” while the next four (Mt 5, 7-10) “are best interpreted as promising eschatological rewards to people who exhibit virtuous behavior.”.

This means that to be poor in spirit, to mourn, or to be meek or hungry and thirsty are not conditions that one should aspire for, but rather these are conditions that must be reversed when the Kingdom of God reigns. On the other hand to be merciful, to be a peace maker, to be pure of heart and be persecuted for righteousness are virtuous qualities that enable one to be part of the in-breaking of the kingdom.

Another thing that caught my attention in today’s gospel was the idea that those people who possess the “Kingdom virtues” need to get involved in the process of REVERSING the conditions that need to be set right (poverty in spirit, mourning, powerlessness, starving for justice). Here, the beautitudes are understood as a communion. To be blessed means to be there for others, on one hand, and to experience the nearness of others, on the other hand. Ultimately, in our nearness to each other, we experience the nearness of God, who is Emmanuel.

When somebody tells you, “God bless you,” the blessing is not something you will receive in the future, but rather it is already there; you’re staring right at it. The fact that somebody cares about you, that somebody is near you is a blessing that no exam, or job or money could ever match.

The little presences that we are blessed with now are a foreshadowing of the Big Presence, the Blessing of all blessings that awaits us all. (Fr. Dante Barril, SVD | Rome Bible Diary 2016)

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My Reflection for Monday June 9, Tenth Week in Ordinary Time Matthew 5:1-12 – Reflection: A mentally challenged boy was always made fun of by his friends and relatives. He finds it hard to follow simple instructions and he finds it hard to read and write. His relatives told him not to study anymore because it was just a waste of time and money. Thus, he forced to stop and he wasn’t able to finish his elementary studies.

At that tender age he knew that he was being looked down by those around him; he simply keep calm and meekly took their insults. What they didn’t know was the boy had enormous faith in Jesus. Every night he would always humbly pray and ask the Lord to guide and strengthen him for he had nothing except his faith.

After a few years this boy perseveringly continued his studies and was able to finish high school and he lived a modest life.

In today’s gospel Jesus gives us the Beatitudes and one of the Beatitude is: Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the land. That blessing is for this mentally Challenged boy who grew-up doing his humble share in serving God and His people. That meekness blessing is also for those who meekly take insults and verbal abuse.

There are times that we are so quick at hurling insulting words. Words that cuts like a sharp knife, words that carve a permanent stigma in the heart of the recipient.  (Marino J. Dasmarinas)

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WANTED: CATECHISTS: And he opened his mouth and taught them… – Matthew 5:2

When Jesus walked the earth, it wasn’t enough for Him to just model by His life and examples how we should follow Him. Notice that people didn’t understand many of the things that Jesus said and did. That’s why teaching was an important part of the way the Lord evangelized, especially since His ways are not our ways. He had to explain what He did and taught, especially since it was revolutionary and sometimes even contrary to what the people knew about God.

As a catechist, I see my role as crucial because Christian doctrines and teachings that were revolutionary during Jesus’ time are now considered old-fashioned and passé. The world teaches freedom as opposed to Christ’s call to obedience and submission to the will of God.

As followers of Jesus, we need to teach. We need to catechize to bring people back to the faith. The bad news is there’s not enough of us, and not all baptized parents effectively catechize their children.

Let’s do our part and share our faith! Cristy Galang (cristy_cc@yahoo.com)

Reflection: Are you a believer? Do you allow yourself to grow in your faith by reading the Bible and spiritual books, attending seminars, and other ways?

Here I am, Lord, ready to grow as a Christian. I am willing to serve You to evangelize others. May You use me to bring the faith to others.

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1ST READING: Some of the situations of the prophets, indeed many of the important figures of the Old Testament, seem quite ridiculous, such as today’s “feeding by ravens.” It is God saying to us that ultimately He has everything under control; there is no situation where He cannot bring about His desired end. Let us learn to trust in this hope. 1 Kings 17:1-6

GOSPEL: The Beatitudes are very important in the formation of Christian character. If we want to grow in our faith, it is necessary to develop each of them. They speak to us of the attitudes we must embrace if we are to imitate Christ more fully. None of them is easy to cultivate. Similar to growing in virtue, it is necessary to repeatedly act out a particular set of attitudes so that they become our habits. Matthew 5:1-12

think:  There is no situation where God cannot bring about His desired end.

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ARE YOU HAPPY? Today, we have the teachings of Jesus on the Beatitudes (Be-attitudes). The Jesus of Matthew is like the New Moses who ascends the mountain to give the Law of God of old. Just as Moses traveled the mountain of God and received the Ten Commandments (or Ten Words), so too Jesus climbs the mountain and outlines the meaning of happiness and how to attain it. These are attitudes of the heart that every disciple of Jesus is called to practice.

The attitudes of gentleness, peacefulness, meekness, simplicity, mercy, purity, justice and honesty are all outlined here. These are the values that we Christians should seek to live out in our relationships with others. The Beatitudes make a good examen of conscience for us as we seek to live the life of Jesus. If one aspires to live under this rule, they can be confident that they will have a place with Jesus in His Kingdom.

Of all the Beatitudes, it is not until we reach the final one — that of being persecuted — that the Lord calls us to rejoice and be glad. I am not sure if we are ever going to experience such persecution that Jesus mentions here. However, in a sense, we do experience persecution, such as when people ridicule us for our faith, or try to convince us that God is not listening to our prayers, or that our religion is a waste of time. Some people are quite happy (at least they think so) without God. Of course, if we are true to ourselves, seemingly in times of trial and difficulty, we tend to seek God. Sometimes we are too afraid to speak the truth, to invite someone to Church, or to give someone a word of Scripture. Jesus is telling us that we should do these things and rejoice if persecution of any kind comes our way.

Your religion and faith become a very private affair between you and God. Of all the values outlined in the Beatitudes, what is the weakest in your life? What is the strongest? Seek the Lord today for grace to be more like Jesus. Fr. Brian Steele, MGL

REFLECTION QUESTIONS: Is the Lord inspiring you to reach out to someone? What is stopping you?

Lord, I desire happiness. My happiness is found in You alone. Help me to live these Beatitudes so as to find everlasting happiness. Amen.

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1Corinthians 4:12-13 – And we toil, working with our own hands. When ridiculed, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we respond gently. We have become like the world’s rubbish, the scum of all, to this very moment.

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MONDAY OF THE 10TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) – MATEO 5:1-12. NGANONG BULAHAN MAN ANG TAWO NGA KABUS SA ESPIRITU, NAGSUBO, MAPAUBSANON, NAGTUMAN SA SUGO SA DIOS, MALULUY-ON, PUTLI OG KASINGKASING, NAGLIHOK ALANG SA KALINAW, GILUTOS, GIBUGALBUGALAN UG GIBUTANGBUTANGAN? Ang maong tawo bulahan tungod kay siya nahiusa man kang Kristo. Ang “Beatitudes” o “Pagkabulahan” naghulagway sa pagkatawo ug kasinati-an ni Kristo. Sa iyang tibuok kinabuhi, gituman niya ang kabubut-on sa iyang Langitnong Amahan. Nagtrabaho siya alang sa katarong, kalinaw, hustisya ug kaangayan. Tungod niini, siya gipasipad-an, gibugalbugalan, gilutos ug gipatay. Ingon usab niini ang masinati sa mga magmatinud-anon sa pagsunod kang Kristo. Ug sama sa ilang Magtutudlo, bulahan sila tungod kay maangkon nila ang Gingharian sa Dios. Posted by Abet Uy

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MONDAY OF THE 10TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) MATEO 5:1-12. NGANONG BULAHAN MAN ANG TAWO NGA KABUS SA ESPIRITU, NAGSUBO, MAPAUBSANON, NAGTUMAN SA SUGO SA DIOS, MALULUY-ON, PUTLI OG KASINGKASING, NAGLIHOK ALANG SA KALINAW, GILUTOS, GIBUGALBUGALAN UG GIBUTANGBUTANGAN? Ang maong tawo bulahan tungod kay siya nahiusa man kang Kristo. Ang “Beatitudes” o “Pagkabulahan” naghulagway sa pagkatawo ug kasinati-an ni Kristo. Sa iyang tibuok kinabuhi, gituman niya ang kabubut-on sa iyang Langitnong Amahan. Nagtrabaho siya alang sa katarong, kalinaw, hustisya ug kaangayan. Tungod niini, siya gipasipad-an, gibugalbugalan, gilutos ug gipatay. Ingon usab niini ang masinati sa mga magmatinud-anon sa pagsunod kang Kristo. Ug sama sa ilang Magtutudlo, bulahan sila tungod kay maangkon nila ang Gingharian sa Dios. Posted by Abet Uy

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

MONDAY OF THE 10TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR C) – MATEO 5:1-12. NGANONG BULAHAN MAN ANG TAWO NGA KABUS SA ESPIRITU, MAPAUBSANON, NAGTUMAN SA SUGO SA DIOS, MALULUY-ON, PUTLI OG KASINGKASING, NAGLIHOK ALANG SA KALINAW, GILUTOS UG GIBUTANGBUTANGAN? Ang maong tawo bulahan tungod kay siya nahiusa man kang Kristo. Ang “Beatitudes” o “Pagkabulahan” naghulagway sa pagkatawo ug kasinati-an ni Kristo. Sa iyang tibuok kinabuhi, gituman niya ang kabubut-on sa iyang Langitnong Amahan. Nagtrabaho siya alang sa katarong, kalinaw, hustisya ug kaangayan. Tungod niini, siya gipasipad-an, gibugalbugalan, gilutos ug gipatay. Ingon usab niini ang masinati sa mga magmatinud-anon sa pagsunod kang Kristo. Si Tim Keller nag-ingon: “Jesus Christ did not suffer so that you would not suffer. He suffered so that when you suffer, you’ll become more like Him.” Posted by Abet Uy

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Blessed Are You

June 8, 2015 (readings)

Monday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

Father Matthew Kaderabek, LC

Matthew 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.”

Introductory Prayer: Father of love, source of all blessings, you have led me throughout my life, and you lead me still. Thank you for your paternal care. Jesus, Son of God, you died for me on the cross to pay for my sins and manifest your unconditional love for me. Thank you for showing me the way home to the Father. Holy Spirit, sweet guest of the soul, you heal me and strengthen me and set me on fire from the most intimate depths of my soul. Thank you for your loving presence within me.

Petition: Jesus, help me to love your beatitudes and adopt them as my standard for life.

  1. A Mountain as a Cathedra:Let’s imagine ourselves that memorable day, sitting with the multitudes on a sunny mountainside overlooking the Sea of Galilee. Jesus is preaching to the crowd from below, using the steep incline as a natural amphitheater. The soft breeze coming off the water and running up the hillside seems to carry his gentle voice to all of the hundreds of anxious listeners. We are impressed that the Teacher, despite the fact that he is authoritatively delivering a strong message, seems so happy and full of peace. He exudes an interior freedom that allows him to devote himself entirely to serving God and others. The world seems to have no hold on him. Listening to Jesus we are drawn to exclaim, “This man knows what he is talking about.” He knows what heaven is like. He knows firsthand that heavenly blessedness far outstrips any worldly happiness I could imagine.”
  2. Going Against the Current:It could feel like we have just heard the most powerful sermon ever delivered, and yet it will take us a while to digest it all. It was absolutely counter-cultural, even shocking. And yet, as challenging as it was, it all seemed to ring true in our hearts. Jesus boldly proposed to us in the Sermon on the Mount a fresh, new roadmap to true happiness and blessedness. All of us have a deep desire to be happy and live in peace, and we had thought before that we had it all figured out. But Jesus’ ways are the very opposite of the ways of the world. He scorns all false beatitudes which make happiness depend on self-expression, license, having a good time, or an attitude of “Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow you shall die.” He knows that the results of these false beatitudes are mental disorders, unhappiness, false hopes, fears and anxieties.
  3. Contrasting Solutions:As the keys to success and happiness, the world often proposes to us one or more of the seven deadly sins. We hear the catchwords: “security,” “revenge,” “laughter,” “popularity,” “getting even,” “sex,” “armed might,” and “comfort.” Jesus, without batting an eyelash, just turned all of these shallow ideals on their head, calling them all a dead end. He bravely challenged the spirit of the world — accepting the fact that such a move would make him very unpopular with some, and even seal his fate at Calvary. In place of the worldly pleasure route, he offered us a better way, the only way to true blessedness, as expressed in the Beatitudes, one that he himself would walk until the day he died for us. Perhaps these words ring true in my heart…, but am I prepared to cut the strings that keep me running after the false beatitudes?

Conversation with Christ: Dear Lord Jesus, you dwell in heaven with all your blessed ones. You have called me to be holy. You have called me to be a saint, blessed and happy. Enlighten my mind today to know where true happiness lies. Grant that I may desire only this true happiness and reject all deceiving imitations that the world throws my way.

Resolution: I will get myself back on track to true happiness by getting to the sacrament of confession this week.

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Reflection for June 8, Monday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time; Matthew 5:1-12 Reflection: A man thought that he could find his happiness in this world so he went after the things of this world. Only to find out later that worldly happiness was not the key to real happiness.

Jesus in our gospel gives us the eight Beatitudes, what is the meaning of beatitude? It means happiness, not according to the definition of this world. But happiness according to the interpretation of Jesus.

How do you interpret happiness? Do you interpret it according to the standards of this world? For example, many of us have this mindset of finding happiness in the accumulation of money, power and having everything that this world could offer. But these are not the key to real happiness.

Let us seek our happiness and fulfilment in Jesus and according to the eight beatitudes which He gave us and we will surely find it. For Jesus has not refused anyone who seek to find his/her happiness in Him and His teachings.

Where does your happiness lies right now? Is your happiness focused in this world alone? Try to reflect on these pronouncements of Jesus about the beatitudes. For in Jesus and His beatitudes you will find real happiness. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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BLESSEDNESS FOR ALL – The Church, by tradition, follows three stages in elevating a person to the honor of the altar of sainthood. A Church commission in Rome studies a candidate’s life and writings for indications showing that the person has practiced exemplary virtues of faith, charity and hope. The cause for the beatification of the candidate is then introduced and the candidate is given the title “Venerable.” An extraordinary miracle proven to be beyond medical explanation makes the Church recognize the candidate as “Blessed” (Beato or Beata), during which time a limited cult of veneration for the person may be celebrated. In the case of a candidate who has been martyred, Pope John Paul II waived the need for a miracle, for he maintains that the Venerable’s  courage to sacrifice life under trying moments of persecution in witness of the Christian Faith is “miracle” enough. Another certified extraordinary miracle paves the way for the Blessed to be canonized or listed among the Saints of the Church.

Our Lord’s teaching on “Blessedness” (Beatitudes), makes us realize, however, that a life of blessedness and holiness is a call for all. In fact, the Apostle Paul used to call all members of his communities as “saints” (in small letters). Jesus addressed His words, not to a few chosen disciples, not even to the Twelve whom He had singled out, but to “the crowd.” The virtues — poor in spirit (unattached to anything in this world, and dependence in God alone); pure of heart (singlehearted, that is, without duplicity); meek (humble and gentle in ways); righteousness (being just); merciful (charitable in acts); steadfastness and forgiveness amidst persecution — are not limited and exclusive for only a few. All persons of goodwill can desire them and could practice them.

Every day, let us make it a point to invoke the Spirit of Jesus to aid us in developing the virtues that Jesus preached in the face of our own realities.Fr. Domie Guzman, SSP

REFLECTION QUESTIONS: Which of the Beatitudes has become a way of life for you?

Which proves to be a real struggle? Mark Matthew 5:1-12 in your Bible. Make this litany of the Beatitudes a point of examination at the beginning or end of your day.

Let me honestly look at myself, Lord, and enable me to change to become truly “blessed.”

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One Bread, One Body – Reflection for June 8, 2015

THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS

Jesus “began to teach them: ‘How blest are the poor in spirit: the reign of God is theirs.’ ” –Matthew 5:2-3

Jesus proclaims that He alone knows the secret to happiness. He says that happiness is:

  1. choosing to be poor rather than rich (Mt 5:3),
  2. sorrowing in repentance for our sins rather than feeling good (Mt 5:4),
  3. becoming lowly rather than getting high (Mt 5:5),
  4. hungering for holiness rather than getting what we want (Mt 5:6),
  5. giving others a break rather than getting our rights (Mt 5:7),
  6. having nothing but Jesus rather than having everything (see Mt 5:8),
  7. dying for our enemies rather than killing them (see Mt 5:9), and
  8. being insulted, persecuted, and slandered because of Jesus rather than being popular (Mt 5:10-11).

Many people think Jesus is a fool (see 1 Cor 1:25). What He calls the secret of happiness seems to them the way to misery. However, some people have believed Jesus. They didn’t necessarily understand the Beatitudes, but they believed them and tried to live them just because Jesus said them. They walked “by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor 5:7). These people became the happiest people on earth and perfectly happy in heaven. Jesus was right all along.

Will you believe Jesus, look like a fool, live the Beatitudes, and be happy? Or do you think you know more about happiness than Jesus does?

PRAYER: Father, may I be as happy as Your Son’s death and resurrection warrants.

PROMISE: “He comforts us in all our afflictions and thus enables us to comfort those who are in trouble, with the same consolation we have received from Him.” –2 Cor 1:4

PRAISE: Jesus healed Larry from severe asthma.

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June 8, 2015

Monday of the 10th Week in the Ordinary Time B

The Beatitudes – Contradictions of Jesus

From the very first appearance Jesus has been a man of contradictions. People expected the Son of God to be born in a royal rich family, and appear with all kinds of extra-ordinary charm and accessories. But a poor Jewish boy born in a cattle shed gave him a sympathetic outlook and it was difficult for the public to accept him as Son of Man/God. His parents were ordinary poor couple, his friends were poor and marginalized fishermen, his attire and outlook were simple that thus everything related to him was just ordinary. But his teachings were extra-ordinary, beyond their wild imaginations.

Today’s gospel brings before us the core of Jesus’ teachings-The beatitudes. As I mentioned in the beginning, Jesus as a person has been a man of contradictions. So when he went up to the mountain to deliver his first message, he started with his best, the classic. So far people regarded the rich, the happy, the powerful, the satisfied and the filled as ‘blessed’ ones. But here is a ‘mad’ man roaring from the mountain, “No, not these, but the poor, the weak, the powerless, the oppressed, the crying, the hungry, the dejected and rejected as really and really “BLESSED” ones. As St. Paul rightly said, “I am proud of my weaknesses for I am stronger when I am weak”.

This is the difference between the world of today and of Jesus; in Jesus’ world everything that is lacking is fulfilling. The ‘absence is the presence’. Do you find it difficult to believe? No excuse, you have to because you are the follower of the one who acclaimed the negative feelings of this world, the wants and worries of this world a blessing.

Read the passage carefully once again, letter by letter. You will understand the difference and impact. “When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; disciples came to him….and he began to teach them, saying…Blessed are you……” Disciples came to him and the crowd stayed downstairs. The teaching of Jesus is above the earthly levels. Only those who can go high with him can digest his ‘high level’ teachings. For those who stay on the ground level the world and worldly standards are fit and fulfilling. Come, let’s us go above these clutches to reach the heavenly standard of living together with the sermon on the mountain. Amen! Fr Biju Tharaniyil CMI

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 Satan’s Beatitudes

Blessed are those who are too tired, too busy, too distracted to spend an hour once a week with their fellow Christians in Church ~ they are my best workers.

Blessed are those Christians who wait to be asked and expect to be thanked ~ I can use them in my business.

Blessed are those who are touchy. Soon they will stop going to church ~ verily, they shall be my missionaries.

Blessed are those who sow gossip and trouble ~ they are my beloved children.

Blessed are those who gossip ~ for they are my secret agents.

Blessed are they who gossip —  for they shall cause strife and divisions that please me.

Blessed are those who have no time to pray ~ for they MY prey.

Blessed are the troublemakers —  they shall be called my children.

Blessed are the complainers —  I’m all ears to them.

Blessed are they who are bored with the minister’s mannerisms and mistakes —  for they get nothing out of his sermons.

Blessed is the church member who expects to be invited to his own church —  for he is a part of the problem instead of the solution.

Blessed are they who are easily offended —  for they will soon get angry and quit.

Blessed are they who do not give their offering to carry on God’s work —  for they are my helpers.

Blessed is he who professes to love God but hates his brother and sister —  for he shall be with me forever.

Blessed are you when you read this and think it has everything to do with other people, and nothing to do with you. ~ I’ve got room for YOU at my inn (in hell).

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Satan’s Beatitudes

Started by Lilli, Sep 10 2011 09:45 AM

Posted 10 September 2011 – 09:45 AM

Most Christians are very familiar with the words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount concerning Christian Character, known as the Beatitudes. It has been several years now since I read the Devils imitation and mockery of the Inspired Words of Jesus. If the devil were to write his beatitudes, they would probably go something like this:
1. Blessed are those who are too tired, too busy, too distracted to
spend an hour once a week with their fellow Christians –
they are my best workers.
2. Blessed are those Christians who wait to be asked and expected to
be thanked — I can use them.
3. Blessed are the touchy who stop going to church –
they are my missionaries.
4 Blessed are the trouble makers – they shall be called my children.
5. Blessed are the complainers — I’m all ears to them.
6. Blessed are those who are bored with the minister’s mannerisms and
mistakes — for they get nothing out of his sermons.
7. Blessed is the church member who expects to be invited to his own
church — for he is a part of the problem instead of the solution.
8. Blessed are those who gossip –
for they shall cause strife and divisions that please me.
9. Blessed are those who are easily offended –
for they will soon get angry and quit.
10. Blessed are those who do not give their offering to carry on
God’s work — for they are my helpers.
11. Blessed is he who professes to love God but hates his brother and
sister — for he shall be with me forever.
12. Blessed are you who, when you read this, think it is about other
people and not yourself — I’ve got you too!
Did these get you thinking? So are you a counterfeit Christian or one who serves Christ and His Kingdom? I am not sure about too many things in life but this I am absolutely certain; you cannot serve a Holy God and the Devil at the same time. So many Christians, who may not be Christian at all, live their lives with one foot in Heaven and one foot in Hell! That is to say, they love Jesus and obey Jesus only when it serves their flesh. I am reminded of what Jesus said concerning this issue; Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.
25 What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self? 26 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.”
The Devil wants to destroy your soul and keep you from giving Praise and Glory to your Creator Jesus Christ, whereas, Jesus wants to Bless you and Save you from destruction! Your choice. Cry out in repentance and receive Jesus as your Master and Lord! If not, the Devil already has you!

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