Detox yourself from all worldly attachments. Accept that the world cannot satisfy your deepest longings. Stop feeding the ego — your sense of control and doership. Notice and inquire into the roots of your thoughts.
A time for renewal, refreshment and reconnecting with our family. We are making memories with our family right now during our vacation…. I see a father and his daughter strolling along the waters edge on the beach, picking up seashells and gazing out at the vast, endless horizon. My daughter just baked warm cinnamon rolls and the heavenly scent is drifting out the patio door.
I look forward to a day at the beach, swimming in the indoor pool, sitting in a hot tub, laughing together and maybe later in the day go out for a nice seafood dinner.
I looked forward to having a relaxing cup of coffee on the balcony of the hotel, listening to the wind and crashing waves, watching the sea gulls, and having deep thoughts about the scriptures for Mass this morning.
For once it seemed, I actually had time to sit down and give them my proper attention. I thought that maybe great insights would come to me, as I curled up with my hot coffee and my laptop.
Imagine my surprise when I opened up the readings for Mass today and read the scriptures. They were about the Beatitudes. Blessed are you who are now hungry, For you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who are now weeping, For you will laugh. Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude and insult you, and denounce your name as evil on account of the Son of Man.
Rejoice and leap for joy on that day! Behold, your reward will be great in heaven. For their ancestors treated the prophets in the same way. But woe to you who are rich, For you have received your consolation.
But woe to you who are filled now, For you will be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, For you will grieve and weep. Not real fancy, but still, it is nice.
So many other people in the world are not experiencing this luxury right now. Especially many of the readers on our website. I wish I could share this experience with those who live in poverty. I wish I could also share this experience with all of you too.
We brought her friend with us on this little vacation especially for this reason. We were going anyway. The hotel, transportation, etc. And, although my husband and I would have preferred to take our vacation alone, in the end we did not do so.
We are sharing our room and our meals, and our walks on the beach, with her friend too. We ate breakfast in our room, instead of going out and saved the money so we can all have a nice dinner tonight.The Beatitudes unique to Matthew are the meek, the merciful, the pure of heart, and the peacemakers.
The other four have similar entries in Luke, but are followed almost immediately by "four woes". The term "poor in spirit" is unique to Matthew. I believe that the Beatitudes run from vs.
3 to vs. 10 and that vs. is a commentary on vs. Verse 3 and vs.
10 both have the same ending, “For theirs in the kingdom of Heaven,” creating a bun type beginning and end effect. Beatitudes (Lat.
beatitudo).Condition or statement of blessedness. In the Latin of the Vulgate, beatus, the word for blessed, happy, or fortunate, begins certain verses such as Psalm "Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked."Old Testament beatitudes begin with the Hebrew word asre and the New Testament beatitudes with the Greek word makarios .
(The original is found in Matthew Chapter 5 and is also called The Beatitudes.) I imagine Jesus saying these words in a modern day version.
Before he would speak, however, he would tell everyone to turn off their electronic devices. Jesus Christ gave us the Eight Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount, recorded for all posterity in the Gospel of Matthew, the first Book of the New Testament of the Bible.
Modern education and management theory promotes motivational “empowerment” and cooperation of all in a team – as if the Beatitudes had become part of our modern culture in a practical way.