Blessed are you…..

(4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A)

The Gospel passage for this Sunday from the Gospel of Matthew (5;1-12) gives us the teaching of Jesus that has now come to be known as the “Beatitudes”. It sounds like the “Bad-attitudes”, but they are actually the “Good Attitudes”! The Biblical translation we use for Mass use the word “Happy”, but some translation use the world “Blessed”. In essence, both the English word ‘happy’ and ‘Blessed’ are needed to describe Jesus’ teachings on the Beatitudes
We seek happiness, but often we look for it in the wrong places – after all, the world tells us otherwise. Someone once put together a worldly “Beatitudes”!

Where Jesus says “Happy are the poor in spirit” the world would say “Happy are the rich.”
Where Jesus says “Happy are those who mourn” the world would say “Happy are those having fun.”
Where Jesus says “Happy are the meek, “the world would say “Happy are the smart.”
Where Jesus says, “Happy are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness” the world would say “Happy are those who wine and dine.”
Where Jesus says, “Happy are the merciful” the world would say “Happy are the powerful.”
Where Jesus says, “Happy are the pure in heart” the world would say “Happy are the slim in body.”
Where Jesus says, “Happy are the peacemakers” the world would say “Happy are the news makers.”
And where Jesus says, “Happy are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake” the world would say “Happy are those who can afford the best lawyers.”

The Beatitudes given by Jesus are counter-cultural to worldly ways and values!. They teach us that true blessedness, or happiness, is attain if we put the highest goal at the centre of our lives: union with God in heaven. Happiness is not just a state of mind, but a state of being. Nothing in the world can give us the true blessedness/happiness, and nothing in the world can take it away. The question for us is this: “Do we live our lives following the values of the world as a way of attaining happiness or do we live by the teachings of Jesus, and turn our gaze to heaven?”.

If we live by the teachings of Jesus, then rejoice and be glad, for our reward is great in heaven.

Blessings, Fr Michael

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