4th Sunday of Year A

QPosted on: Tue Dec 11, 2012

6Duration: 8:20 mins

"Jesus does not simply promise this thief paradise, a paradise which could be the Elysian Fields, but he says, “This very day you will be with me in paradise.” That clause, ‘with me’ marks the difference between the pagan and the Christian ideals of eternal life. The Elysian Fields, for all their beauty, have an emptiness that ultimately fails to satisfy. By contrast, the kingdom of heaven is not just paradise, but the place where God is, as described by the words of the Lords Prayer, “Our Father, who art in heaven.” It is friendship with God and the sight of God that satisfies the human soul forever. May God help us to avoid being seduced into pursuing false or incomplete notions of happiness, to follow him along the way of the Beatitudes, and come one day safely to the true kingdom of heaven."

Readings: Gospel - Matthew 5: 1-12 (The Beatitudes) - Jesus 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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