In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus came down with all his twelve disciples and begins to give a sermon to a large crowd of people.
“Blessed are you the poor, for the kingdom of God is yours.”
Jesus is not talking about physical poverty, but poverty in our hearts, it’s an internal surrender to the things of the world, and the desire to follow God. For when we desire God, everything that happens around doesn’t matter because we seek a much higher goal, the goal to be with God and to love him for all eternity.
“Blessed are you that hunger now, for you shall be satisfied.”
Before the fall of man, our souls were united with our bodies in harmony and we had a perfect harmony with God. After the fall, we lost that connection with God and from that time forward, we have this internal desire or “hunger” to be filled with the most perfect peace. That Perfect unity with God. It builds up from our desire to follow God. We fill it with such empty things that we tend to look in the wrong places. God wants to fill that emptiness. Only he has the power to satisfy that deep desire that you have in your life, which is perfect unity with him.
“Blessed are you that weep now, for you shall laugh.”
Jesus is talking about suffering that we experience. We suffer things that sometimes may seem outside of human strength. That pain might be a child, who fell away from the church or someone who is drug addicted. We might even feel like Job, who tries to live a holy life, and everything seem to go wrong. It is when we are at our weakest, that the power of God is the strongest. As St. Paul says, we must keep running to finish the race. Stay focused because this time is short, so when we cling to God until the end, we can trust that God will elevate us, if we have strived to live a life most holy.
“Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, on account of the Son of man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.”
Jesus knows you live in the world, but you are not part of the world. This earth is a battleground. When you are working towards your salvation, the world doesn’t want you love God. They want you to focus on your own happiness and make yourself a “god”. If you are not part of the crowd, you will be persecuted and suffer great things. They will accuse you of all kinds of evil and insults. They will even claim your life. But if you stand your ground and proclaim Jesus as your Lord and savior. You will receive the graces from the Holy Spirit to testify before kings and rulers. Now is the time to ask for the graces to be worthy to die in the state of grace. To be firm in the belief of the one, true God. God and all of heaven is waiting for you. There is a place for you if you choose God.
“But woe to you that are rich, for you have received your consolation. Woe to you that are full now, for you shall hunger. Woe to you that laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep. Woe to you, when all men speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.”
Jesus is warning those that choose the world over him. The one that doesn’t follow the commandments, those who have given themselves over to vices and sins. Those that follow false faiths and those who step on their fellow man to claim the very best for themselves. The heartless and the wicked will suffer a horrible death, if they end up in hell. The person will be reminded for the rest of eternity, why they ended there. They will suffer unimaginable torments. They will be tortured by devils and will never again know peace. Those who encourage you in your life and are telling you that you are doing the right thing and should only care about yourself and no one else, are guiding you to the very gates of hell. God sends his help, he sends people to get you to turn around. He will even send an illness into your life to change your ways before you die. But in the end, you must decide whether you will choose God or not.
Let us pray,
God most merciful, I beg you for the grace to be sorry for my sinfulness. Break the chains of evil in my life that I may turn around and save my soul. Help me to be more helpful to my neighbor. Allow me to give to the poor, help the weak, protect the innocent and help me toward the light. I ask for the Intercession of our Lady of Guadalupe, Mary Queen of Heaven and Earth, to guide me on the narrow path of life, to reach the gates of heaven and have a peaceful and joyful death. We ask this in your mighty name, Amen!