The Way of Peace

12 June 2019. Wednesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
(Philippine Independence Day)

Reflection (Sem. Keith R. Buenaventura)

Here in the Philippines we have a proper set of readings for the 12th of June because on this day we celebrate our country’s Independence Day. We remember the many people who, for the sake of freedom and unity, fought for the rights of every countryman. The Philippines has known and unknown heroes in the past who were also faithful in following the precepts of the Lord. Even if we had disagreements with the foreign invaders, we still held on to our faith in God. This faith is both a gift and a task to be shared to the next generation. On the year 2021, the Filipino nation will celebrate this gift of faith.

            In our Gospel for today, the evangelist Matthew presents to us the central theme of the teachings of Jesus: the Beatitudes. The list of “Blesseds” is both a promise and a challenge to each one of us who follows the Lord. As a nation, we strive hard to attain peace and order. And we have learned from our past that if we want to become free from the oppression of sin, we have to enliven in our hearts the way of freedom from sin which Jesus has showed us through His life. The only way to freedom is to free ourselves from the oppressor of our lives, that is, to be free from sin.  

            The Beatitudes are a reminder for us to be peacemakers in our own little way. In our home, in our workplace, in our community, in our country, we can start building up peace by being and bringing peace ourselves. Harmony and justice may be secured for our country not just by our wise leaders and upright citizens but also by our unity in prayer for lasting prosperity and peace. Mabuhay ang mga Pilipino?maka-Diyos, makakalikasan, makatao, at makabansa!

The Gospel Today

Matthew 5: 1 – 12

When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him.  He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying,

 “Blessed are the [cpoor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

 “Blessed are the [dgentle, for they shall inherit the earth.

 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

 “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.  Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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