JUNE 7. Ord Time. B. Wk 10. Mon. Mt. 5. 1-12
Updated: Sep 10
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
Rejoice and be glad;
your reward will be great in heaven.
First reading 2 Corinthians 1:1-7 · God comforts us so that we can console others
From Paul, appointed by God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from Timothy, one of the brothers, to the church of God at Corinth and to all the saints in the whole of Achaia. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, a gentle Father and the God of all consolation, who comforts us in all our sorrows, so that we can offer others, in their sorrows, the consolation that we have received from God ourselves. Indeed, as the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, so, through Christ, does our consolation overflow. When we are made to suffer, it is for your consolation and salvation. When, instead, we are comforted, this should be a consolation to you, supporting you in patiently bearing the same sufferings as we bear. And our hope for you is confident, since we know that, sharing our sufferings, you will also share our consolations.