First Reading: Acts 11:21b-26; 13:1-3
Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12
IS THIS WHO I AM CALLED TO BE!
Today’s Gospel, often called The Sermon on the Mount, is a summary of Jesus’ teachings. In reflectively reading it, I find myself saying: I can’t possibly measure up to this. And yet it is the high ideal that Jesus sets before me and all of us who claim to be His disciples. This is who I am called to be!
I am called to be “poor in spirit” - that is being humble, knowing that I am a creation of God and that all that I have is a gift from God.
I am called to “mourn” – that is to grieve with and support others in their time of loss.
I am called to be “meek” – that is to be assertive when needed but to avoid being aggressive in handling issues.
I am called to “hunger and thirst for righteousness” – that is to speak out and engage in constructive actions for the oppressed and those who are vulnerable.
I am called to be “merciful” – that is to act towards everyone with a compassionate heart.
I am called to be “clean of heart” – that is to refrain from using and manipulating others and to approach others with respect for their humanity.
I am called to be a “peacemaker” – that is to be a healer instead of being a divisive person in the world I live in.
If I do my best to live out the teachings of Jesus in my life, I can expect to be “persecuted for the sake of righteousness” – that is I may be misunderstood and written off by those who reject Jesus.
If I do my best to be a disciple of Jesus, I can expect that they will “insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me” – that is I may find myself experiencing the Passion of Jesus in my own life.
Brother Andre Mathieu, C.P.