“Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose hope is in the Lord. He is like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches out its roots to the stream: It fears not the heat when it comes, its leaves stay green; in the year of drought it shows no distress, but still bears fruit… ‘And raising his eyes toward his disciples, he said…’”
We are familiar with today’s Gospel, the Sermon on the Mount, and the beatitudes of St. Matthew. They summarize the entire message of Jesus and provide the pattern for a healthy examination of conscience.
Today we meet St. Luke’s teaching, the Sermon on the Plain, addressed to the disciples and to us. Instead of eight positive directives, we are given four, and then four warnings to help us move from the now to the promised reward. How helpful for us to fix our eyes on what the Lord has in store for us, to make us less complacent, eager to ‘rejoice and leap for joy on that day!”
We know well the obstacles, barriers and challenges of the Christian life. St. Ignatius asks us to discern both the positive and negative to help us make good decisions.
“Someone who believes is a recipient of that beatitude that runs through the whole gospel and resounds throughout history as expressed through the lips of Elizabeth: ‘Blessed is she who believed’ or directed to Thomas by Jesus Himself: ‘Blessed are those who have not seen but yet believe.’” Have a good week and may God bless you and keep you always in His Love!
Joyfully in the Lord,
Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Arnister
Pastor, St. Rose Parish