September 12, 2018
(Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Raising his eyes toward his disciples Jesus said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours. Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who are now weeping, for you will laugh. 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. Lk_6:20-26
Not proceeding through the “woes” of Luke’s version of The Beatitudes, today’s blessings are a welcome respite from the warnings of St. Paul yesterday, of the evils of the world.
Of course, if we read them all the way through, we might be prompted to wonder how poverty, hunger, weeping and insult can be blessings. And there’s that TIME aspect of life again: the “now versus then”, the “is versus will be”. If we succumb to all the desires of the flesh in the “now”. If we get too comfortable living in that ‘cocoon’ of life that we spoke of yesterday, we just might end up rotting IN it, rather than emerging FROM it (into the “then”), as the magnificent butterfly that God created us to be.
The Beatitudes of the Lord may sound counterintuitive, but if we trust in the Wisdom of God, as Jesus tells us – we WILL be rewarded! And that reward will last a whole lot longer and be a whole lot more glorious than even the best we can imagine in this short 0-90 years of residence in our little cocoons!
Blessed be God forever!
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Today we celebrate the sacredness of the Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
“Mary always points us to God, reminding us of God’s infinite goodness. She helps us to open our hearts to God’s ways, wherever those may lead us. Honored under the title ‘Queen of Peace,’ Mary encourages us to cooperate with Jesus in building a peace based on justice and a peace that respects the fundamental human rights of all peoples.”
Let us give thanks to God for choosing Mary as the ark of His new Covenant in Jesus. And let us give thanks to Mary for saying “Yes” to her call as the Mother of our Lord and as our spiritual and eternal Mother as well.
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