I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

My Reflection for Monday June 9, Tenth Week in Ordinary Time Matthew 5:1-12

Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12
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. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
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A mentally challenged boy was always made fun of by his friends and relatives. He finds it hard to follow simple instructions and he finds it hard to read and write. His relatives told him not to study anymore because it was just a waste of time and money. Thus, he forced to stop and he wasn’t able to finish his elementary studies.

At that tender age he knew that he was being looked down by those around him; he simply keep calm and meekly took their insults. What they didn’t know was the boy had enormous faith in Jesus. Every night he would always humbly pray and ask the Lord to guide and strengthen him for he had nothing except his faith.

After a few years this boy perseveringly continued his studies and was able to finish high school and he lived a modest life.

In today’s gospel Jesus gives us the Beatitudes and one of the Beatitude is: Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the land. That blessing is for this mentally Challenged boy who grew-up doing his humble share in serving God and His people. That meekness blessing is also for those who meekly take insults and verbal abuse.  

There are times that we are so quick at hurling insulting words. Words that cuts like a sharp knife, words that carve a permanent stigma in the heart of the recipient.  

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