“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all encouragement who encourages us in our every affliction.” (2 Corinthians 1:3)
Often, we need to be reminded and reassured that our God supports us and leads us to a better place. So much time and effort are spent searching for ways that will bring us happiness. A google search revealed that in the past month alone, one could find 7,230,000 results that answered the question of how to be happy. A wide variety of suggestions, techniques, and descriptions of happiness are listed.
In the gospel reading today, we find Christ’s answer to the question of how to be happy. The word beatitude comes from a Latin word meaning happiness. Here we have listed the blessings that will bring us happiness by embracing this blueprint for kingdom living. The list, however, differs radically from what the world would consider blessings leading to happiness.
The beatitudes invite us to embrace the revolutionary moral call to values that make the kingdom real in our hearts and our lives. We are called to peace through correct priorities; we are called to justice through upholding human dignity, and we are called to mercy by embracing suffering. As we begin to understand this happiness, we also realize that our happiness is not just for ourselves. We are called to be a blessing for others. Saint Paul reminds us that we are encouraged so we may encourage others.
This is a daunting task. We need help! Saint Peter Julian Eymard reminds us that “happy the soul who knows how to find Jesus in the Eucharist and the Eucharist in all things.”
How am I called to be a blessing today?
Let Us Pray:
Loving God of compassion and encouragement, we give you thanks for your presence around and in us. May our experience of your encouragement empower us to bring that same compassion to all we meet. Bless our efforts of beatitude living. Amen.
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