Blessed are you…joy!

Response: Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

He is like a tree planted near running water, that yields its fruit in due season, and whose leaves never fade. Psalm 1


And raising his eyes toward his disciples he said, “Blessed are you…” Rejoice and leap for joy on that day!
Behold, your reward will be great in heaven. Luke 6

We cherish these words of Jesus even today. The ‘Beatitudes,’ or blessings, that Christ gives us takes everything to the next level. We even see that the prophets have said this before! Their message might have been said with a “woe to you if you are satisfied” instead of blessed are you. The paradox of our faith shows itself in these blessings. How can we laugh when we feel like crying? This distinction can be hard to understand for us today.  You may have heard ‘happy are those’ in a different translation. We know that we can’t be happy all the time. Words for our blessings are satisfied, comforted and can experience the Kingdom of Heaven. It’s a different way of looking at the challenges we have in life. Interesting that the following verses in Luke Chapter 6 are love your enemies and the Golden rule. Check out the next posts!

The Beatitudes are the way to live that goes beyond the 10 Commandments. Taking it up a notch! Why? What do we think? Then how do we act? Now we can live like Jesus with the Two Greatest Commandments! Love others without the shadow of ‘what’s in it for us!’

Compare the Beatitudes to the St. Francis Prayer. Where there is sadness, bring joy, where there is despair, bring hope,  where there is darkness, bring light.

How can you experience the blessings and peace of Christ this week? We have peace in knowing that Jesus promised to be ‘with us always.’ Share the blessings!

Blessed are you, when you love like God loves. Bring the Kingdom of God alive by practicing peace, love and justice, wherever you are!

Mass Readings

Scripture focus for the February 13, 2022 Mass

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