June 9, 2014

The Gospel Today 

Monday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

Matthew 5:1-12

When Jesus 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.”

Reflection (Sem. Daniel Voltaire Hui):

Jesus tells us in today’s Gospel how we could merit the reward of heaven and it is pointing to only one thing which is humility. The poor in spirit, the one who mourns, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, those who have clean hearts and the persecuted all possess one great trait and that is humility. These people possess the least of the greatness of their opposites. Through their nothingness they are rewarded. Why them? Because Jesus chose them. It is illogical to give more to the ones who are already full and great, for they may burst. It is hard to fill something or someone who is already filled, for they may drown. So does it mean that the rich cannot inherit the Kingdom of God? No, Jesus did not only pertain to the material possessions a person has, but more of his spiritual disposition. It is an invitation to everyone, rich or poor to be humble. Humility is not a characteristic of the poor, it is a disposition. To be poor does not mean to have nothing, rather to be less in order for others to gain. It is selfless and kind.

There are times when we fall on the trap of the good life. We base our life’s success when we are filled with our desires, when we have accomplished many things, when we have elevated ourselves; and these are true but hopefully these bases of life should help not only ourselves or immediate family but more so other people who are helpless and do not have the capacity to improve themselves. It is not even a call to share but to be in solidarity with them. For solidarity does not focus on the needs, it focuses more on the relationship which moves us to act in love and not in pity.

Jesus has promised these things and assured us with greatness and the Kingdom, so we will have a glimpse of what to expect if we follow Him. But the question is, are we ready to follow Him?


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