Scripture: 1st Reading: 2Cor1,1-7; Resp. Psalm: Ps34,2-9; Gosp. Accl.: Mt5,12; Gospel: Mt5,1-12
I have carved you in the palm of my hands, so says the Lord. I know you. I know what you are going through. I will rise and console you. These words of consolation could be drawn from the first reading today. The word of God tells us that God does not leave us to our designs. He does not close His eyes to us. He is the God of all comforts. He comforts us in all our afflictions and pains. He does not abandon us.
He comforts us so that having been comforted, we become comforters to our brothers and sisters in their needs. We share in Christ's sufferings so that we can share His comforts. Our Lord had already laid the foundation for this Pauline teaching during His earthly life. Our Lord in the Beatitudes, gave some conditions and virtues that a believer must acquire to enter in the kingdom.
The conditions and virtues are: spiritual poverty, meekness, hunger and thirst for justice, mercy, purity in heart, peacemaking. Our Lord also referred those persecuted for the sake of righteousness as blessed. He unequivocally declared: "Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven."
We are called to be the leaven, that is, the indispensable leavening agent that adds flavour to the lives of others. That task will demand a lot from us; that mission will require of us great sacrifices. That mission may entail one suffering some privation. Our steadfastness in moments like that will determine the quality of the reward that our Father in heaven will give us.
Let us pray: Lord our God, you have called us to a life of witnessing to you. Be with and grant fortitude to all missionaries who take the gospel to peoples who have not yet heard about your Son. Give us the grace to use our freedom well by living lives of authentic witnessing to you. Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always. Enjoy a fabulously blessed week.