10 June 2019.  Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

Reflection (Sem. Gerald M. Moscardon)

When someone asks you now if you are happy with your life, what will be your response? Would you gauge your current emotions and check if you are truly happy? Would you check on your plans or goals in life and see if you have attained most of them and maybe say that you are already happy? Would you check on your relationships and say that you are already happy? For most of us, it would take us time to answer this question because our gauge for happiness is based on what we have or possess, not on who we are.

We have heard numerous times the message of the Beatitudes in the Gospel today, but have we truly understood their meaning? As part of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught the people and His disciples the key to happiness. We are all children of God and we are destined to be in His Kingdom but the key to getting there is to claim our belovedness as children of God, obey the command of love by the Father and be happy despite being poor in spirit, our mourning, our constant hunger and thirst, persecution and insults. We must remain meek, merciful, clean of heart, lover of peace despite all these hardships and we will be happy but only if we claim our belovedness, remain in that awareness and act on it. In the end, happiness for us Christians is a choice. It is already there, given to us by God in spite of having all the tribulations and hardships in life. We just have to choose to be happy by believing that we are children of God and as children of God, we will never be abandoned nor forsaken by Him. For most of us, it is difficult to make this choice to be happy because it requires complete trust and faith in God. We want instant gratification or consolation. We cannot let go of our own concept of happiness because of the fear of being unhappy in the end. The irony is that the more we pursue happiness our own way, the more we become frustrated and disappointed in the end. Only God can give us true happiness. He will provide us with all the graces we need to continue with our earthly pilgrimage. He already gave us the key. Are we willing to use it?

The Gospel Today
Matthew 5:1-12

When he 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.


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