In today’s Gospel, written by St. Luke, Jesus gives us another version of The Beatitudes.
Raising his eyes toward his disciples Jesus said:
“Blessed are you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours. Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who are now weeping, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude and insult you, and denounce your name as evil on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice and leap for joy on that day! Behold, your reward will be great in heaven. For their ancestors treated the prophets in the same way. But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. But woe to you who are filled now, for you will be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will grieve and weep. Woe to you when all speak well of you, for their ancestors treated the false prophets in this way.” (Luke 6:20-26)
The Beatitudes are our instructions for living each day with joy. Often, Christians and the world today lose sight of these simple guides to life. The vitriol that tends to be the norm today may cause the last verse of today’s Gospel to leap off the page.
Woe to you when all speak well of you, for their ancestors treated the false prophets in this way. (Luke 6:26)
We should not seek recognition for our good words or deeds. In fact, if we are trying to do the will of God and somebody attacks us or nit picks our actions and words, we must give all glory to God. When we can give glory to God in our hearts and thank Him for His unfailing love and the opportunity to practice humility, we will have a joyful disposition throughout our lives.
One of my favorite quotes from St. Teresa of Calcutta restates the same thought simply:
God, our eternal Father, even out of own failings, can and will bring good.
God is good!
JMJ, pray for us!