This Sunday’s Gospel: November 1, 2020

This Sunday's Gospel

Matthew 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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In Catholic elementary school, I learned that the word “Beatitudes” means happy. During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives us the Beatitudes to show us how to be happy. When we hear the Beatitudes, we learn who God blesses and holds close to him. The Beatitudes are one of the many things that make us counter-cultural as Catholics. Hungering, mourning, and being poor aren’t typically considered happy things, and being meek, merciful, and clean of heart aren’t always the popular things to do. By living the Beatitudes, we remember that we live to please God, not ourselves or those around us. We remember that this life is fleeting and that we should focus on eternal life. As we embrace the Beatitudes, we can rejoice knowing that our reward is in Heaven. Our Heavenly Father will give us unimaginable joy when we enter his Kingdom, and we can live in joyful hope as we wait and prepare for eternal life.

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