When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
In the first reading, Elijah’s NEED is provided for by God. Our psalm response, “Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and Earth,” reiterates that God provides for our NEEDS. The gospel tells us that Jesus himself confirms in the beatitudes that we are Blessed in our NEED because God will provide. Recently a man came to me and said, “I need help.” I said, “What do you need?” He said, “Could I have some water?” I said, “Yes, we have water.” Then he turned it down. I said, “Well, what do you need? We have food, water, clothing, maybe some other resources to help you in your need.” He said, “Never mind”, and he left.
I was frustrated in my effort to help fill his NEED. I realize that he himself may not have known what he needed. Perhaps there are times in our lives that we get stuck in our neediness and become so comfortable there that we can’t move on. God knows what our needs are, and God provides us the opportunity to “move on” from our need.
—Angie Stover, Office Manager at Sacred Heart Parish, Pine Ridge, SD.
My Lord God, help us to accept your help in our needs. Help us to “move on” in our life’s journey, that we might resolve our need in the fullness of the life you have prepared for us. Amen.
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