Offers food for thought
Readings: Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13; Psalms 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10; First Corinthians 1:26-31; Matthew 5:1-1
It’s much more difficult to approach the Beatitudes in that way, because they are not so much things to be done or rules to be kept as they are a new fundamental orientation entire being. Living a beatific life of love is only truly possible when the increasingly and radically transformed hearts and minds of Christs disciples gives rise to thoughts and actions that are borne of a deep love of God and of other people.
They call for a very particular kind of interior disposition toward God and others. They involve a deep concern to be involved in the salvific mission of Christ, helping to increase truth, love, compassion, justice, freedom and peace. This is what the Kingdom is all about.
The Beatitudes must be understood in the context of the Kingdom. The kingdom that Jesus proclaims infiltrates the present, breaks into the world through the ministry and mission of Jesus, and transforms it. It is a complex of relationships that exists between God and those who have totally accepted him as the Lord and guide of their lives and who share God’s vision of what life is about. That transformation takes place first in the disciples, whose character is described by the beatitudes, and makes the kingdom manifest as they “make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:19). That is why to enter the Kingdom requires metanoia, a radical change in the way we see life and its values.
This fortunate state of life, lived in the Kingdom is the meaning of ‘Blessed’. We could summarize this life by saying the citizens of the kingdom are those who never cease to turn to God, not only in their own need but also in sorrowful solidarity with the victims of ‘man’s inhumanity to man’, and who increasingly radiate God’s love through their words and actions. They are driven by an insatiable need and desire to live with undivided hearts, a life that is a full expression of their dignity and fulfillment of their purpose. It is a kingdom of disciples who overcome the obstacles to real compassion for others, seeing them as they are and with the kind of empathy that moves them to serve and thereby make peace through promotion of unity and reconciliation. They are prepared to be persecuted and they are certain of the reasons for their persecution. They are willing to sacrifice for the greater good.
St Augustine said that the three most important virtues are Humility, Humility, and Humility! In order to live the Beatitudes, humility is essential.
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CampusPadre is a college ministry Priest Chaplain with 30 years experience in youth and young adult ministry, who strives to let the Holy Spirit lead and challenges students to seek holiness above all.