Monday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
2 Corinthians 1:1-7, Psalm 34:2-9, & Matthew 5:1-12
I have always loved The Beatitudes. The litany of blessings due to those who often seem defeated and left behind in today's world is both comforting and inspiring. For the past fifteen months, our world has seen a time of sorrow—all those who suffered from or lost family and friends to the Coronavirus pandemic. So far, Johns Hopkins University has calculated that the virus has claimed 3.4 million people worldwide. War, famine, social injustice, natural disasters, and other factors contribute to the pain and suffering in our country and around the world.
Today's first reading from the Second Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians helps to soothe our sorrows. We hear that "The Father of compassion and the God of all encouragement, who encourages us in our every affliction, so that we may be able to encourage those who are in any affliction." We have to do what we can when we confront pain and sorrow, even if it seems as if it is not enough. We, as Catholic Christians, can never turn our backs on those in their times of need.
The Beatitudes, as described in Matthew's Gospel narrative, describes the poor in spirit, those who mourn, and those who are meek and humble. Jesus encourages us to be steadfast and loyal to our faith, and, as a result, our reward will be "great."
Friends, it isn't easy to follow Jesus, live a life as a peacemaker, or live as someone who hungers and thirsts for righteousness. Life can be difficult, but we must remember God's encouragement when we are afflicted. Our faith is no less strong than the early Christians. The world has grown, and so should we. Now is the time for us to rediscover Jesus' magnificent words, meaning, and promises contained in the Beatitudes.
Question of the Day: How will you become more merciful, comforting, and respectful to those who are meek and clean of heart?
Prayer: "The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God is my saving strength." (Psalm 18)