Autobiographical Beatitudes — Tuesday, 10th Week in Ordinary Time—Year I

The Beatitudes of Jesus are autobiographical:

Jesus was poor in spirit.
Jesus mourned.
Jesus was meek.
Jesus hungered and thirsted for righteousness.
Jesus was merciful.
Jesus was clean of heart.
Jesus was a peacemaker.
Jesus was persecuted for the sake of righteousness.
Jesus was insulted and persecuted and had every kind of evil uttered against him falsely.

Jesus’ saints are people like him, and they share in his reward:

Theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
They are now comforted.
They inherit the land.
They are now satisfied.
They have been shown mercy.
They now see God.
They are his children.
Theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
And their reward is great in heaven.

Today, St. Paul told the Corinthians:  “Our hope for you is firm, for we know that as you share in the sufferings, you also share in the encouragement.”  If you and I share in Christ’s likeness, we too will share in the reward that belongs to Jesus and his saints.

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