Year C- 6th Sunday in ordinary time
17 He came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon.
Inspiration of the Holy Spirit - From the Sacred Heart of JesusBlessed are the poor, because the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
The world has always been a very rich place, abundant in natural resources, a place that was created lavishly in order to provide all human beings with plenty of food and shelter. I look at the hearts of men, who from the very beginning have been plagued with the evils of injustice, envy, avarice and selfishness. I donít like what I see.
For those who have more than what they need, there is a constant opportunity to help the poor and all those in need. I love the poor and the outcast, because they are my disadvantaged children who in the end put all their trust in the Divine Providence. It is good to have, but donít be too happy if you have more than you need and do nothing about your brother who is in need. The quest for riches blinds man with materialism, I find no place in a heart that is full of greed. The reward for the poor will be the riches of Heaven; however in contrast, those who neglect charity wonít have a treasure in their future life.
Blessed are those who hunger now, they shall be filled.
I look around and see the world full of riches but so blind to the poor who are starving, they do nothing and let them die. How great is the injustice of man, it kindles my anger. Therefore I have prepared the reward for those who are generous and care for their brothers.
Blessed are those who suffer and weep. They shall be consoled. Blessed are those who are rejected for following me.
There are those who suffer in their spiritual poverty, they hunger for God, they suffer for this unwise humanity. They are persecuted because they want a better world, a world where Godís laws are obeyed. They are truly blessed.
If you want to be my disciple, you will have to take up your cross daily and follow me. The road we trod is narrow and difficult to travel, it is full of temptation and suffering, it is very similar to my ascent to Calvary. The soul must travel this spiritual road and overcome all the obstacles in order to purify itself by humility and obedience. While human beings are subject to bodily sufferings because of the struggles of life, there is a parallel in the unseen part of humanity, that of the soul, which must constantly struggle to attain perfection while in the physical body.
Blessed are the pure of heart who listen to my voice and need my spiritual food more than the body needs physical food, Blessed are those who believe in me, and accept the Will of God as the power that rules their lives.
Author: Joseph of Jesus and Mary
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