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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Friday, October 28, 2016

Reflection for Tuesday November 1, Solemnity of All Saints; Matthew 5:1-12a

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.”
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What are the beatitudes all about? The beatitudes are guidelines for living that Jesus gave to His disciples. The beatitudes deal also with humility and utter dependence upon the goodness of God. Do you live humility and do you always depend on the goodness of God?  
As we remember the saints today, we are being invited to take a closer look at their lives for they lived it with humility. They did what they have to do but at the end of the day they humbly submitted everything to the will of God.

The saints did not do it their way they went through the way of God thus they have to embrace the beatitudes. For example, why is the poor in spirit blessed? They are blessed because they know that their knowledge about God is something that they should not be proud of based on vocal proclamation. They acknowledge their nothingness before God thus God continuously fills them.

Those who say that they are rich in spirit are not blessed for the simple reason that they are full of themselves. And when somebody is already full of himself/herself, he/she automatically shuts himself/herself from receiving the true blessings that only emanates from God. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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