In today’s gospel we here the familiar teachings of Jesus called the Beatitudes, from the gospel of Matthew (5:1-10). These are an invitation to a way of living that brings true happiness and both inward and outward peace. The beatitudes call us to a radically new way of being when we center our lives on God, and we become transformed. The beatitudes call us to true happiness and the deepest of joy as we find our true identity in our relationship with God and true peace both inwardly and outwardly.
When I was on retreat the leader suggested that we look at the Beatitudes as an attitude of being. This intrigued me as I had never looked at them in that way. Every time I hear the Beatitudes read at Mass I am brought back to that retreat. The Beatitudes are an important guide for our daily living. To live the Beatitudes is to be centered on God and God’s desires for our life. They invite us to live as peacemakers, to bring reconciliation, to seek out opportunities for mercy and compassion, to pursue justice and righteousness. Pope Francis calls us to live the Beatitudes in our daily life too.
Pat Schifini, OSU