Reflections - January 29, 2017

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land”.  Mt. 5:5.
 
Each time that I read these Beatitudes I am struck by the word “Happy or Blessed” because who does not want to be happy and blessed.  However, how can we be happy and blessed?
 
Some try to find happiness in the way of the world by filling their sensation of emptiness with “idols” which do not fill the longing for happiness.  On other occasions we succumb to social pressure wanting to be blessed and find happiness, but with a profound inconsistency between what we think and what we do.  “We resemble a kite taken by any wind”.
 
Jesus invites us to be truly “happy and blessed” in the Beatitudes not only in that other life, but Jesus tells us:  of them “is” the present, now,”….the Kingdom of God”.  How can we be happy and blessed?  The first reading of Zephaniah tells us:  “Seek the Lord, all you humble of the earth”.  Zec 2:3.  There is the key to live these eight Beatitudes in relation to our human coexistence.  We need to practice humility, otherwise arrogance and our inconsistencies.
 
Someone said to me:  “When you have to live with others be ready to suffer”.  We need to turn to Christ so that He can help us live the Beatitudes.  He is as Paul says:  “wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption”. 1Cor 1:30.  Jesus with His divine wisdom helps us to live the virtue of heroic humility, as lived by the saints.  They gave us an example of life, unique in holiness and unique in their cell structure and genetics.  What helped them make a difference?  The wisdom to be faithful to God in their “suffering”, by practicing heroic humility for the Kingdom of God in their own lives and by “refusing oneself, carrying the cross and following Christ, poor and humble”.
 
Let us pray to the Lord in the Eucharist for heroic humility to accept the things that we cannot change in our neighbor and courage to recognize our miseries and confess them recognizing that we are happy when we let the Lord take control of our hearts.  Then we will be “happy and blessed” here on earth and in the Kingdom of Heaven.  Amen.