June 11- Monday
Memorial of Saint Barnabas, Apostle
Reading 1: ACTS 11:21B-26; 12:1-3
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 98
The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
Gospel: MT 5:1-12
Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
What is the significance of Jesus’ beatitudes, and why are they so central to his teaching? They teach us the final end to which God calls us into His kingdom. Jesus’ tells us that God alone can satisfy the deepest need and longing of our heart.
Saint Teresa of Avila- in her prayer book she wrote:
Let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you. All things pass – God never changes. Patience achieves all it strives for. Whoever has God lacks nothing -God alone suffices.
Is God enough for you?
The beatitudes which Jesus offers us are a sign of contradiction to the world’s understanding of happiness and joy. How can one possibly find happiness in poverty, hunger, mourning, and persecution?
God reveals to the humble of heart the true source of abundant life and happiness. Jesus promises his disciples that the joys of heaven will more than compensate for the troubles and hardships they can expect in this world. Thomas Aquinas said:
“No one can live without joy. That is why a person deprived of spiritual joy goes after carnal pleasures.”
Prayer: all together
Lord Jesus, increase our hunger for you and show us the way that leads to everlasting peace and happiness. May we desire you above all else and find perfect joy in doing your will. Amen.