Sunday, September 20, 2020

The Beatitudes Explained – Luke 6:20-26, Matthew 5:1-12

Bible Verse of the Day – Wednesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time, Monday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

Blessed are you who are poor…
Blessed are you who are now hungry…
Blessed are you who are now weeping…
Blessed are you when people hate you…
Rejoice and leap for joy on that day!

Luke 6:20-26, Matthew 5:1-12

Catholic Readings for Today

Monday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time, Year 1

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Wednesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time, Year 1

Wednesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time, Year 2

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Today’s Morning Prayer

Today’s Bible Verse of the Day Reflections

When one reads these Beatitudes literally, he/she might get very confused because they seem not to auger well with our earthly belief and expectations.

The most confusing thing about the Beatitudes is that if you try to live them, you will face very many challenges in the real earthly life. You may even start doubting is God is really there for you.

One may ask oneself, how should I be blessed when I am poor and hungry? Well, let us find out how!

Jesus frames these Beatitudes such that they promise a glorious outcome at the end. He says that if you persevere those hardships while Loving, Serving, Praising and Glorifying God, then you will be blessed with the promise at the end of each Beatitude.

So, being poor means that you are not interested in amassing earthly wealth. This earthly wealth blinds one from doing the will God. So if you are contented with what God has given you and remain poor in earthly terms, then the Kingdom of God is yours.

Being hungry may mean normal hunger or the constant hunger for knowing God more. Jesus assures us that we will be satisfied.

For those of us who are weeping, struggling and toiling, because of earthly troubles, as they do the will of God, Jesus tells us we will definitely laugh when God rewards us.

This one is self-explanatory,

"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.

These beatitudes tell us that for you to get a Heavenly reward, you have to suffer the pain in order to earn it. That suffering gives us time and chance to repent and purify our hearts in order to enter and receive our rewards in Heaven. Because these rewards will not necessarily be granted here on earth but ultimately in Heaven.

Therefore, let us do what we were created to do by God. Let’s allow ourselves to suffer as we serve and praise God with our work. Let’s ask for God’s fortitude to persevere the hatred and ridicule from others as we continue serving God. For all our suffering will be rewarded abundantly when we finally reach our destination. Heaven.

Prayer: Dear Lord, give me the fortitude to persevere the hatred and ridicule from others as I continue knowing, loving, serving, praising and glorifying you. Help me to identify my blessings in the challenges and hardships I face in life. Help me to see your moulding hand in the crosses I experience in life. Amen.

Bible Verse of the Day in Pictures

The Beatitudes Explained - Luke 6:20-26 - Bible Verse of the Day
The Beatitudes Explained – Luke 6:20-26, Matthew 5:1-12 – Bible Verse of the Day

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