Now and Later'
St. Peter Claver
Raising his eyes toward his disciples Jesus said:
"Blessed are you who...
But woe to you who..."
- Luke 6:20, 24
The Beatitudes are some of the most perplexing words in Scripture. Is it really a blessing to be poor? Hungry? Or mourning? Matthew's Beatitudes tell us to be poor in spirit. What does that mean? And what about inheriting the kingdom? What kingdom? Will our tears actually be wiped away? Will we really rejoice when others ridicule us?
I am apt to say, "Come on!"
And yet, in reflecting, the answer is, "Yes," to all these questions...if I follow Christ. However, things don't look so good if I don't share my bounty, don't give to the hungry, fail to help those in need or neglect those by the side of the road. Then, woe is me!
Given my druthers, it seems far better to be with what seems like less now and live with Christ forever than to be like the rich man envying Lazarus later. As the saying goes, "No pain, no gain."
- Judy Schueneman
Courtesy of: http://www.livingfaith.com/devotion-09-09-2020