Our site uses cookies to improve the user experience and we recommend accepting its use to take full advantage of the navigation

A team of 200 priests comment on daily Gospel

View other days:

Liturgical day: Monday 10th in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mt 5,1-12): « Fortunate are those who work for peace, they shall be called children of God. Fortunate are those who are persecuted for the cause of justice, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven». When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up the mountain. He sat down and his disciples gathered around him. Then he spoke and began to teach them: «Fortunate are those who are poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Fortunate are those who mourn, they shall be comforted. Fortunate are the gentle, they shall possess the land. Fortunate are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied. Fortunate are the merciful, for they shall find mercy. Fortunate are those with a pure heart, for they shall see God. Fortunate are those who work for peace, they shall be called children of God. Fortunate are those who are persecuted for the cause of justice, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Fortunate are you, when people insult you and persecute you and speak all kinds of evil against you because you are my followers. Be glad and joyful, for a great reward is kept for you in God. This is how this people persecuted the prophets who lived before you».

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today we contemplate Jesus walking uphill to speak to a bunch of followers that wanted to listen to Him. He speaks to them about the Beatitudes. In this Sermon of the Mountain Jesus Himself invites us to courageously live the virtues (poverty, cleanliness of soul, mercy…) and to suffer with patience the slings of life (injustices, sadness…).

_Jesus never promised us a life free of difficulties. But He does guarantee us His help, and the prize for our effort in following Him. Never lose courage!