Happiness is A Choice

November 1, 2017
Solemnity of All Saints
The Gospel Today
Matthew 5:1-12a

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.”

Reflection (Sem. John Mark G. dela Cruz)

Pain is absolutely inevitable. We cannot escape it. But it is our disposition in life that makes us more courageous facing it. And sometimes we may experience joy or happiness in the midst these struggles. We find happiness or joy those that satisfies us.

Happiness is not a state of mind but rather a choice. Indeed, happiness is really a choice. We can be happy while facing the biggest struggle of our lives. It is our openness to the grace of happiness.

Sometimes, it is in mu experience of darkness where i find light. It is in my mourning that i was comforted. In my thirst and hunger when I experienced being filled and satisfied. It is in my loneliness where I feel more of the Divine presence staying with me, accompanying me in my loneliness. I feel His presence, comforting me and assuring me that He is at my side. But regardless of those experiences, we can still find consolation from the one who is with us as we go on through this difficulties. And choosing to be happy is a choice; choosing to be happy us a grace as well.

We need not to be problem-free to be happy and experience joy, but even amidst our struggles, we can choose to be happy and experience joy. The pain may be an opportunity for us to see and to open ourselves for the outpouring love of God, the sole source of our true joy.

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