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The Beatitudes January 31, 2011

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The gospel for today is about the blessings that Jesus is granting to us Christians. It is all about the beatitudes. The beatitudes are more focusing the needs of the helpless and the persecuted. Jesus want to make a vice-versa of the negative side to positive. For example, the verse “blessed are those who are persecuted because of me, for the kingdom of God belongs to them”. He wants to grant comfort to those who are weary. There are still many beatitudes but this is the one of the eight. The beatitudes also have a purpose of also the people who are losing faiths. They are the way to say how Jesus makes us feel that we are still blessed through trials. The lesson to these beatitudes is to remind us that we are to share the blessings of God to our brothers and sisters. If people feel like they don’t feel God’s blessings then we are to be the blessing.

-Denzel Kedrick Sahagun
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THE BEATITUDES

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Matthew 5:1-12
In this gospel, the beatitudes were introduced. All the beatitudes form just one theme. In the beatitudes, the Kingdom of God is at the same time the land of Palestine promised to the children of Abraham and the land where peace reigns for God is there present. Those who hunger for justice will be given both bread and the holiness of God, because in the bible justice also signifies. Because of this Jesus tells us that we shall be satisfied or consoled in everything that we have. Our consolation on earth is to know and see that God loves us and cares for us and in spite of all, can overturn the situation of the oppressed. It is also to know that even when it would seem that he does not hear our prayers, our cross has a meaning and a purpose. Finally, we must not forget that in our future life, God will give us more than we could ever hope for or merit. It is certain, however, that Matthew is inviting us to look higher than what is immediate. Waiting lasted until the coming of Jesus. Jesus tells us that a new age or era has begun. God is with us and His kingdom is already there for those with clean heart meaning that their desires have been purified. All the beatitudes are helping us not to lose hope even though there are many trials that we had encountered. If we surpass all these trials, for sure, there is a new light and hope that will be given to us in return.
(Steffany Ann G. Caiban)

 

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Matthew 5:1-12

Today’s gospel is about the deeper meaning of happiness. Jesus wants us to see and feel the true feeling of happiness. We often believe that happiness in this world is buying expensive cars, traveling, and all those worldly things. In today’s gospel, Jesus teaches us that happiness is more than just clothes, cars or perhaps big houses or making lots of money. Happiness is to be rich spiritually. It is to love others, to help and cherish. Real happiness is to love and serve God with all your heart.

As I was reading on the gospel, I was confused honestly. I was confused especially of the last statement of the gospel, “happy are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you and on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.”  It’s weird to think that we should be happy when other people say bad things about us and on God. Who would be happy, right? But after reflecting on it and reading on it again and again I sort of know what it means now. For me, I think it means that even though bad things happen to you already just take it and you’ll see that in the end of those things, a reward will be given to you by God. It’s like Jesus is assuring us already that there’s always something good that’s going to happen that will make us forever happy.

Jesus says that we should be happy whether something good or bad is happening because in the end He will bring and show us something that we will all be grateful for. He will give us rewards that we will never forget.

-Clarence Argayoso-

 

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Matthew 5:1-12

Today’s gospel is about the deeper meaning of happiness. Jesus wants us to see and feel the true feeling of happiness. We often believe that happiness in this world is buying expensive cars, traveling, and all those worldly things. In today’s gospel, Jesus teaches us that happiness is more than just clothes, cars or perhaps big houses or making lots of money. Happiness is to be rich spiritually. It is to love others, to help and cherish. Real happiness is to love and serve God with all your heart.

As I was reading on the gospel, I was confused honestly. I was confused especially of the last statement of the gospel, “happy are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you and on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.”  It’s weird to think that we should be happy when other people say bad things about us and on God. Who would be happy, right? But after reflecting on it and reading on it again and again I sort of know what it means now. For me, I think it means that even though bad things happen to you already just take it and you’ll see that in the end of those things, a reward will be given to you by God. It’s like Jesus is assuring us already that there’s always something good that’s going to happen that will make us forever happy.

Jesus says that we should be happy whether something good or bad is happening because in the end He will bring and show us something that we will all be grateful for. He will give us rewards that we will never forget.

-Clarence Argayoso-

 

Matthew 5:1-12 January 30, 2011

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Beatitudes are much older than the gospel and can be found in the wisdom literature of the Bible in the O.T. Jesus uses Beatitudes to instill hope in people whose lives have given them little to hope for.  This hope can be found in the very structure of each of the Beatitudes.  The first part of the Beatitude describes a serious condition of diminishment ranging from poverty to persecution.  No doubt these conditions were real and people suffered greatly in each situation.  The good news is found in the second part of the Beatitude.  This second part proclaims a future situation that will be reversal of the present.  However, one can ask what that situation is which brings about a change. The fullness of the Kingdom of heaven will bring with it the reversal of the current state of diminishment and powerlessness. The radical change has already begun with the preaching and ministry of Jesus.  Current reality is not the only reality, nor is it the fullness of reality.  There is more to come, but for the people of faith it will not be the same.  It is hope and faith in this coming new reality that will give people the strength to persevere and survive their current reality of suffering. In other words the Beatitudes give the present suffering a meaning. The meaning is not that suffering in and of itself is good. The meaning is that it will not last forever but will be transformed into final, ultimate joy. It is because of this good news of hope rooted in faith that Jesus proclaims his hearers to be blessed.

<CJA Genoba†en>

 

Always There . [Matthew 5:1-12 ]

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The gospel enumerated the beatitudes. Why is it that the poor are the ones that will inherit the Kingdom of God? Why would someone who has nothing inherit the kingdom of God? The answer is because they have nothing, and because they have nothing they learn to value things. They find joy in the simple things in life. They turn to God because they know that He has always been by their side. God gives to the poor, for they do not have much. God sees no reason to give to those who feel content with how they are today or to those who have much but are still not satisfied.

Not everyone who is poor is poor in spirit. Not everyone who is rich is not poor in spirit.

The first beatitude is: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. Being poor in spirit is about emptying ourselves of being us, being humans. Empty ourselves of the pride we always keep, no matter how low we are in our lives. For many, pride is all they have left. God is telling us to let go of that pride. And by doing so, trusting in God fully and allowing Him to take over us and fill us with the holy spirit. Being poor in spirit means to not think of myself as Asti anymore. I must think of myelf as a child of God. I must share what I have, live not for myself but for others, laugh and smile everyday in hopes that it will make others smile as well.

 The gospel is also trying to tell us that when we feel like everything is going down hill and nobody is there to help us, remember that God is always there. He is always there to listen to us and help us in our times of need, sometimes by simply listening. He loves us all and genuinely just wants us to be truly happy. He wants to bring us to a world where sadness and sin can never follow us. All we have to do is follow Him. Empty ourselves and follow Him.

 [Shasta Grace D. Tiro]

 

the greatest gift of all. . .

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True happiness cannot be felt with the abundance of your possessions for it is not felt in material things. True happiness comes from within; it comes from that feeling that makes you fulfilled with your life.

Through this week’s gospel, Jesus is challenging our values by proposing the opposite, and challenges us to re-align our own values according to God’s standard.  He tells us to let go of our greed in worldly possessions –it may make you happy now but in the long run it won’t. It simply tell us that people who are not normally considered “successful or happy” in our society’s standard are in fact “blessed by God” and will inherit the Kingdom of God. The rejects of society are more likely to enter the gates of heaven because they are humble and have fear in the Lord. They have such virtues that rich people often do not possesses.

We own nothing in this world, God only lent us what we have right now and he wishes us not to be filled up with greed in possessing our worldly belongings and he wishes us to share them rather than taking it all for ourselves.

When we die, and we are at the gates of heaven, the gatekeeper will not ask you how much money you have in the bank or if your education was one of the best in the world. The gatekeeper will not care about your worldly possessions and achievements. Those will not matter when you enter God’s kingdom. Only your answer to one question is important to him, were you able to love other people and make them happy? The only thing that matters is how much love you spread to the worlds. Love prevails on everything.

Denise Jan F. Valerio