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Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 5:1-12a
“When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. He began to teach them, saying:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.”
This is the Word of the Lord.
Desires and happiness.
We all have a desire for happiness, and that is good because God has planted it in our hearts. But due to our disorderliness, we seek it on our own and through wrong paths. Let us see the disordered path and that of all the Saints.
Applied to married life:
The poor in spirit: We long for trust and security. We seek it through the path of Greed. The right path is generosity, which leads us to attain the Kingdom of Heaven.
The meek: We long to become great. We seek it through the path of pride and vanity. But the right path is humility and meekness, which will make us inherit the Earth.
Those who mourn: We long for well-being. We seek it through the path of gluttony. But the right path is temperance. Self-control brings us suffering, but God will give us comfort.
Hunger and thirst for righteousness: The longing is for justice. The wrong path is that of Anger. The right path is patience, trusting in divine justice that will satisfy us.
The merciful: We long for tremendous dignity. The wrong path is envy. The right path is kindness, for by being kind, God will have mercy on us, and we will be dignified by being divinized.
The clean of heart: The longing is for communion. The wrong path is lust. The right path is chastity, for purity will allow me to see God.
Those who seek peace: The longing is for inner harmony. The wrong path is laziness. The right path is diligence, which will make me be and act as a child of God, granting me the desired harmony.
Those persecuted for His sake: The longing is to attain fullness. The wrong path is to be led by all the previous ones. The right path, which is the Beatitudes, will lead me to be persecuted, but it will be a sign that I will be with Him in the kingdom of Heaven.
You will lead us to be happy among ourselves, with the Lord, and with you. Thank you, Blessed Virgin Mary.