Year A Reflection.
The Beatitudes, a way of holiness and happiness.
AV Catechism + Gospel reflection.
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.”
- With these words, Jesus had just expressed the novelty of His message, a radical change in spirit as compared to the teachings of the Pharisees who considered misfortune and adversity as God’s punishment and earthly happiness as God’s reward.
- Humility, misfortune, adversity in our life are not God’s punishments but rather occasions to seek God and are pathways to real happiness and joy in this life and the next.
- With the Beatitudes, Jesus clearly laid down the necessary moral conduct and spiritual dispositions which He demands from all His followers. The struggle to practice these moral dispositions and virtues will ultimately lead to happiness in heaven: “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.”
- It is worthwhile to note that Jesus begins the Beatitude with the word “blessed”. The word “Blessed” means “happy,” “fortunate.” Poverty of spirit (humility and detachment), hunger for justice and righteousness, mercy, meekness, purity of heart which leads to purity of the body, peace, perseverance…all these are virtues which Christ taught and lived: virtues which we must strive to live as well with the help of God’s grace in order to find earthly happiness and arrive at eternal happiness.