The Beatitudes

Clergy Corner by Fr. Ray

So what is now the significance of Jesus’ beatitudes and why are they so central to his teaching? The beatitudes respond to the natural desire for happiness that God has placed in every heart. They teach us the final end to which God calls us, namely the coming of God’s kingdom (Matt 4:17), the vision of God (Matt 5:8; 1Jn 2:1), entering into the joy of the Lord (Matt 25:21-23) and into His rest (Heb 4:7-11).


The Beatitudes are golden rules for happiness, as Vima Dasan, SJ claimed in his homily book, His Word Lives. It is because the blessed may be poor in riches but they don’t mind it because they trust in a caring God and so they are happy. The blessed may be materially rich but because they are poor in spirit the result is that God  becomes so dear to them that wealth means nothing to them and therefore they are happy and much more.  People who are poor in spirit are those: who trust God (vs. greed); those who are humble (vs. pride); those who forgive (vs. revenge); those who are just (vs. unfairness); those who are merciful (vs. rash judgment); those who are pure of heart (vs. lust) and those who are witnessing (vs. sloth). These are our Christian attitudes if we want to be called blessed by God.

 

The Beatitudes remind us again that happiness flows from within. It is found in moments of life we label as “quality” rather than “quantity.” Nowadays, what we need is not quantity of members but quality members of our Catholic Church who are committed to go on and fulfill God’s will.

 

At the end, the only person that can help us to be happy is no other than our own self with God’s help. So let us decide now to be happy.

 

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