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June 11, 2018

St. Barnabas, Apostle

Mt 5:1-12

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.

Happy are the meek?

We live in a world that promotes narcissism, domination and entitlement. If any entity in existence had the right to be narcissistic, dominating or entitled it would be God, but when he came in the incarnation of Jesus, he was none of these, rather he came in meekness and humbleness.

Most of our unhappiness is tied to the belief that we are better and more deserving than the next person and when we don’t get the good fortune we feel we are entitled to, we are unhappy. The truth is we are all children of God, loved by God.

To be meek or humble means to understand I am no better or worse than anyone else. That we are all sinners in need of mercy and salvation, and that is exactly what God offers every one of us, nothing more and nothing less. Everything else in this world can distract us from that fact or help us reach unity with our God.

Do I see myself as more worthy of the good things in life than others? Do I see the ups and downs of life as paths to deepening my unity with God?

—Chris LaMothe teaches theology at Jesuit High School in New Orleans.

Prayer

O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being honored, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being praised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being preferred to others, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being consulted, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being humiliated, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being despised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being forgotten, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being ridiculed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being wronged, Deliver me, Jesus.
That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be praised and I unnoticed, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

—Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val


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June 11, 2018

St. Barnabas, Apostle

Mt 5:1-12

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.

Happy are the meek?

We live in a world that promotes narcissism, domination and entitlement. If any entity in existence had the right to be narcissistic, dominating or entitled it would be God, but when he came in the incarnation of Jesus, he was none of these, rather he came in meekness and humbleness.

Most of our unhappiness is tied to the belief that we are better and more deserving than the next person and when we don’t get the good fortune we feel we are entitled to, we are unhappy. The truth is we are all children of God, loved by God.

To be meek or humble means to understand I am no better or worse than anyone else. That we are all sinners in need of mercy and salvation, and that is exactly what God offers every one of us, nothing more and nothing less. Everything else in this world can distract us from that fact or help us reach unity with our God.

Do I see myself as more worthy of the good things in life than others? Do I see the ups and downs of life as paths to deepening my unity with God?

—Chris LaMothe teaches theology at Jesuit High School in New Orleans.

Prayer

O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being honored, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being praised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being preferred to others, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being consulted, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being humiliated, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being despised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being forgotten, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being ridiculed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being wronged, Deliver me, Jesus.
That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be praised and I unnoticed, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

—Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val


Please share the Good Word with your friends!