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JUNE 7. Ord Time. B. Wk 10. Mon. Mt. 5. 1-12

Seeing the crowds, Jesus went up the hill. There he sat down and was joined by his disciples. Then he began to speak. This is what he taught them:

‘How happy are the poor in spirit;

theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Happy the gentle:

they shall have the earth for their heritage.

Happy those who mourn:

they shall be comforted.

Happy those who hunger and thirst for what is right:

they shall be satisfied.

Happy the merciful:

they shall have mercy shown them.

Happy the pure in heart:

they shall see God.

Happy the peacemakers:

they shall be called sons of God.

Happy those who are persecuted in the cause of right:

theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

‘Happy are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven: this is how they persecuted the prophets before you.’

There is one word that Christ clearly wants us to focus on from the Sermon on the Mount, and that is “Happy” (or “Blessed”); - remembering this is what every man on earth seeks, be it consciously or unconsciously, as we were born for happiness; - and we seek is naturally.

But notice how Christ’s ‘way to happiness’ differs from that which the world, or Satan and his demons, proclaim. They also profess to desire us to be “happy”; - but O how the two “ways” very from one another?

And when we look for the differences between them, we find Christ’s way requires we “give”; - while the world’s way requires, we “receive”!

Another way of putting this is that Christ’s way that we “love” both God and Neighbour; -while the world’s way requires we “love’ ourselves!

And no matter how hard we try, we find we do have this constant “attraction” to the world’s way; - as it appears so easy, comforting, and consoling!

But the pilgrimage of life teaches us something as we slowly mature; - and that is that the world’s “way” is a lie; - while Christ’s way is the truth; - even though his way involves both ’suffering’ and “sacrifice!”

Another truth related to Christ’s way is he promised those who follow him will receive Divine assistance via Prayer and Sacrament; - something we experience and come to understand as we mature and become aware of the riches within the Christian Way; - the way of Love and Mercy!

Gospel Acclamation Mt5:12

Alleluia, alleluia!

Rejoice and be glad;

your reward will be great in heaven.


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