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The Beatitudes

(By Jaime Sevilla)

I would like to begin my article of message expressing my gratitude to God, for allowing me to be in a wonderful place like the Mountain where Jesus presented us with the way how human beings should live.

Yes, I speak of the Mount of Beatitudes, located very close to Capernaum, the lake of Tiberias and the place where Jesus made the multiplication of the loaves in Galilee. Personally, when I am meditating on the Beatitudes, I always discover something new, especially when I try to fulfill them in the development of my daily life. Let’s read and listen to the Master:

When he saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.

He began to teach them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Mt 5, 1-12)

Happy of poor spirit: generally a poor person learns to live always trusting in the mercy of God, there is no wealth, fame or power to enslave him.

Happy are those who mourn: it seems contradictory that Jesus calls those who mourn happy; however, everyone knows that when a person suffers, he cries. There is always someone who brings him comfort; that someone is Jesus through that person who approaches him.

Happy patience: it is a call of the Master to always keep calm, especially in moments of despair and anguish.

When the turbulence of situations has passed, in us comes that inner and outer peace. For that reason, every person who suffers in a situation, without a doubt, approaches us to ask for advice and we become a reference on earth.

Happy are those who hunger and thirst for justice: the homilies of San Oscar Romero come to my mind, he never tired of asking and fighting so that all parties in conflict in El Salvador, including the hierarchy of the Catholic Church, would do justice against all those people who suffered marginalization, exploitation, and death; called that we receive on the day of our baptism.

Happy the compassionate: if we want them to have mercy on us, we have to be the first to demonstrate it to all those around us. Remember that each one sows what he harvests.

Happy the clean-hearted: every time we do an action, a business, a work; we have to do it in an honest way, without double intention or selfish interest.

Happy those who work for peace: for a person to be an emissary of peace, he must first live in peace, because only in this way can he transmit that peace to others.

Happy when for the sake of the Gospel they insult us, persecute us and raise up all kinds of slander: it means that we are finally on the right path, since all of this is a clear sign that the Kingdom of God has come to us and we will go preaching to those around us.

Mary Most Holy at The Calvary

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