The Beatitudes

Jesus 2

Awhile back, the angels asked me to dedicate Sundays to the Gospels. With love and complete gratitude, here are the Beatitudes in the Gospel MT 5: 1-12. 

When Jesus 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.”

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The angels remind us that the Beatitudes are very important to remember. These are part of God’s promises. It has been said that the “beatitudes’ should be our “attitudes” and this bears repeating. “Blessed are the Peacemakers”  is something that is personally close to my heart. When Jesus states something, it is Spiritual Truth, it is the Word that bears witness to God; that bears witness to the authority of our Lord who has spoken them.   

“May His Word bring you peace” ~ the angels 

In Jesus Name 

Whoever Humbles Himself Will Be Exhalted

Jesus

Awhile back, the angels asked me to dedicate Sundays to the Gospel Readings. With love and gratitude, here is the Gospel of Luke  18:9-14. With a loving message behind it. 

 Jesus addressed this parable
to those who were convinced of their own righteousness
and despised everyone else.
“Two people went up to the temple area to pray;
one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector.
The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself,
‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity –greedy, dishonest, adulterous — or even like this tax collector.
I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.’
But the tax collector stood off at a distance
and would not even raise his eyes to heaven
but beat his breast and prayed,
‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’
I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former;
for whoever exalts himself will be humbled,
and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

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Jesus is speaking to and about those who laud themselves while despising everyone else. It is not the sense of accomplishment that reeks, but the sense of superiority. The pharisee is not grateful  for what God has given him, but for the ways he “outshines” his neighbors; and especially the despised tax collector. He doesn’t realize his condition results from God’s grace and mercy; instead he believes his own accomplishment and all of his effort is done in vain. 

The tax collector does not even raise his head; for it is weighed down by the burden of his sin. Looking to where God resides in his heart and beating on its door, he simply begs for Mercy; offering his sincere contrition. 

The pharisee mistakes God’s role as that of a passive listener who hears performance reports and assigns gold stars.  The tax collector recognizes God’s true role- to welcome and love every honest and contrite heart, to generously dispense mercy, and to justify us in a way we could never do on our own. [see reference]

Reference: The Workbook for Lectors Gospel Readers and Proclaimers of the Word

Jesus Welcomes the Children 

Jesus

Today’s daily message is dedicated to the Gospels, as the angels had instructed me to write on the Gospels every Sunday . This is from the Gospel of Mark 9: 30-37

GospelMK 9:30-37

Jesus and his disciples left from there and began a journey through Galilee,
but he did not wish anyone to know about it.
He was teaching his disciples and telling them,
“The Son of Man is to be handed over to men
and they will kill him,
and three days after his death the Son of Man will rise.”
But they did not understand the saying,
and they were afraid to question him.

They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house,
he began to ask them,
“What were you arguing about on the way?”
But they remained silent.
They had been discussing among themselves on the way
who was the greatest.
Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them,
“If anyone wishes to be first,
he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”
Taking a child, he placed it in the their midst,
and putting his arms around it, he said to them,
“Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me;
and whoever receives me,
receives not me but the One who sent me.”

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Jesus wants all of us to be like servants of the Kingdom of God. The child not only represents the pure in spirit or the least in the kingdom, but also represents the disciples and the servants of God, which is how the disciples and servants are seen spiritually- as children of God.

Jesus had pointed out this teaching because he knew what the disciples were arguing about and encouraged meekness through this teaching. To understand Jesus, they must understand that the least will be greatest and the greatest will be least- for God even made the small bee , with the noblest of all jobs in His Kingdom.  Even Jesus, who came as the Divine Son of God, humbled himself as a servant of all- representing God accurately with humility, meekness and obedience – even until death. 

This is a great message to all of us, as we are all called to be , and are, children of the Most High. Jesus asks us to be servants in His Kingdom and to welcome those who have the Light of God/the Light of Christ, even unknowing of such, for there are none without his love. 

Inspired by the Angel Team 

Ref: Workbook for Lectors ,Gospel Readers and Proclaimers of the Word 2015

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