I will start this Lenten Letter with a reading from Matthew 5:1-10 that I had heard in Church a awhile ago. This reading is what prompted me to write “Lenten Letters”. “When he 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 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.
While listening to this reading, I thought to myself, “Hey, those are the beatitudes, I used to know all of them”. I then wrote down “Beatitudes” on my Sunday Bulletin as a note to go back and read through them later that day.
Each Beatitude, Blessings, consists of two phrases: the condition and the result. These eight blessings are certainly reassuring and important to remember while on our spiritual journey.
I then heard the last part of this Gospel: “Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you”. Matthew 5:11-12
The second part of the gospel really made me think of how hard it is to be a Christian in today’s world. Many people claim to be Christian, which is amazing, but are we really doing our part? Am I really doing my part as a Catholic Christian mom ? What is my part? How can I be a better Christian? Are my views and opinion on certain subjects invalid? Am I completely off and unwilling to conform on certain issues?
The homily followed the gospel reading and the message I received was to be rich in God. That was kind of my “AHHHH” moment of the day – Be Rich in God. This was the confirmation I had needed right after the gospel reading. By being rich in God, the rest will fall into place.
But what does it really mean to be rich in God?
I’m not at all suggesting to go out and give away everything or else you will not be rich in God. I do believe, however, that God does bless us with earthly possessions in order to help us serve Him and His Kingdom. The key is to figure out which possessions, relationships, actions help make us richer or indigent in God. Which ones do not ?
Now take a moment and reflect upon the message of this letter. Let us ask ourselves some questions to help us get rich in God In what ways am I depending on myself & not God? What can I share with others? How can I serve others?