Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Eight Beatitudes

A reflection on the Gospel reading for Wednesday, September 9, 2009 (Luke 6:20-26), by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB.

The Beatitudes always have something new to say to us. In the Gospel it says: “Raising His eyes to His disciples, Jesus said, ‘Blessed are you who are poor for the Kingdom of God is yours.” You and I can ask ourselves, “How poor am I?” Do I really depend on God for all things or do I hoard some things just in case He doesn’t come through? I think it’s good to be prudent in life, but not to be so prudent that we leave nothing up to the Providence of God. To live that way is very important. We hear about this dependence on God in the Dialogues of St. Gregory (on the life of St. Benedict). The cellarer tried to save some food to make sure the monks had some and St. Benedict told him to give it all away. The next morning there was an abundance of food at the monastery door. This teaches us how to give fully of ourselves. Don’t hoard away a little of your own being. Pour yourself out in community, in family life. Then there will be an abundance at the door of your heart.

Later, Jesus says “Blessed are you who are hungry for you will be satisfied.” Well what do you hunger for most? What are the things that you desire at all times? If it’s that Christ be all in all, then you will be satisfied.

“Blessed are you who mourn for you will laugh.” This is a spirit we carry within us. Are you quick to have a smile for somebody? Are you quick to greet another? We only hand on what we have within us. And if Christ is in us we only hand on Christ. That’s it.

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