Wednesday 4 November 2015

Monday of 10th week, odd-numbered year Lundi de la 10e semaine, année impaire

’ Blessed are the pure in heart, they shall see God.’

2 CO 1, 1-7 Ps. 33 Mt. 5, 1-12a

MONDAY of 10th Week, odd-numbered year

“Seeing the crowds, he went onto the mountain. And when he was seated, his disciples came to Him. Then he began to speak :’How blessed are the poor in spirit : the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. Blessed are the gentle : they shall inherit the earth. blessed are they who mourn, they shall be comforted.’”

We enter into a meditation on the Beatitudes of Jesus. God blesses us, enveloping us with His Tenderness, surrounding us like the apple of his eye, to dwell in his Love. To live from the Beatitudes is to to enter into God’s Blessing, dwelling in God’s mystery, letting God into our heart and soul.In blessing us, God speaks well of us. For us, when we bless God this means to remain in His Love. When we speak well of God we are taken by surprise, for we speak well of others. Remaining in this Love of God is worth all riches of the earth. In order to be ’Blessed’ we need to remain in this Love. At the age of twelve, Jesus goes missing and Mary goes seeking him with Joseph. They are in anguish. His call and vocation is announced tot hem ’I was at my Father’s business’. This word will console Mary at the Cross, and so she could bear Jesus’ dereliction dwelling in the Infinite Love of the Father. She will contemplate the beatitude of those who are persecuted. ’Blessed are those who weep. ’Jesus never stopped living the Beatitude of the mystery of poverty, whether it was at Bethlehem, Nazareth or again in Jerusalem. The Kingdom of God is given to us in this poverty.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for uprightness : they shall have their fill. Blessed are the merciful : they shall have mercy shown to them.Blessed are the peacemakers : they shall be recognized as children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted in the cause of uprightness : the Kingdom of Heaven is thiers.”

The heart that seeks God aspires for more justice, to be adjusted on God and not on ideologies that destroy humanity. So we find the world of little and poor ones

who haves recourse to God. Mary will sing the Mercy of God : ’He looked on the lowliness of his servant.’ She received the events without letting herself be overwhelmed, giving thanks in all things. She remained always in the Love of God. everything was given to her. Mary received God’s benevolence, she marvels at everything. ’Blessed are the pure hearts, they shall see God. ’Pure hearts are those ho have but a single desire, to do God’s Will in all things, dwelling in Love.

“Blessed are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven; this is how they persecuted the prophets before you”

Jesus is the Living Word and from all eternity He lives with the Father. His Love took on a Body in the Blessed Virgin Mary, his Mother. She is the beloved companion in joyful and sorrowful days. We are given the Beatitudes to communicate this Love which is given to us now, to all people. We can enter into the Beauty and greatness of them, in the gentleness and littleness of our daily life. Jesus comes down from the mountain with his disciples, sits down and prays. It is a new law that is given to us like this. It is his Heart that is expressed. We are here at the heart of our Christian vocation, in a world where temptation and war are great. In order to build up community we need to never stop being ’makers of peace’, as children of God.

Let us ask for the grace to live truly the Beatitudes.