Today’s gospel reading was Matthew 5:1-12; I’m going to share the passage with all of you because it is such a beautiful passage.
“And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets were before you.”
Many people are poor in some manner, each of us has experienced poverty of some kind. When most people think of poverty, it is in a financial sense. Those that live on or below the poverty line don’t have enough money to buy food or have shelter, buy clothes or receive proper medical care. But there are other types of poverty too. Someone can be financially stable, even rich, but still suffer from poverty of not having faith or something more meaningful than money. Some people experience poverty of being rejected, of not being wanted. There are many examples of poverty around you; some are just more subtle forms than others.
But all of us are gifted with blessings as well, just like in this reading. Sometimes, something can be a blessing but may not seem so in the moment. Remember you’re blessings and be grateful for all that you do have.
A new Greek word was introduced to the parish in the homily today: metanoia
Metanoia: to have a new mind, or to suddenly see things from an entirely new perspective
It’s important to exercise metanoia in your everyday life. It allows us to bring a new perspective onto an existing situation in the hopes that we can make sense of what happened, or to see the silver lining.
This word is applicable to Matthew’s message, which is what was discussed in today’s homily (which is similar to the homily from the website above).
Some might be poor in spirit, if they search for God and believe in heaven, they will come out of their poor state. For those that mourn, they are poor in happiness and in the presence of a loved one, but will come to see that God will be by their side comforting them and reassuring them that they will one day be happy again. For those that are meek, they’re poor in assertiveness and possibly self-confidence, but they’re going to gain a lot from being patient. Those that seek righteousness are poor in it now, but they’ll gain it because they are searching for it. You probably can come to your own conclusions on the rest of the lines.
For those that don’t believe in you or attack you because of your faith, you won’t have to go it forever because your reward is heaven and you’ll be seen as having served God. This might be hard to imagine, which is why you have to try to understand it from a new perspective: metanoia.
Metanoia is learning to have a new mind and to see situations from a fresh viewpoint that allows you to assess what’s going on differently. By practicing metanoia, you can give yourself a new life too that you can take with you on your happy and healthy adventure. 🙂 ❤