Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 5,1-12a
When Jesus 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 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. “
1) Triumphant Church. This refers to the Saints, but not the stamps of the Saints you carry on your wallet or their figures in the altars in church. Today we celebrate the anonymous Saints, people who have shown the love for God their entire lives, they were not canonized by the Pope, but are in heaven for their great work on Earth. Today we celebrate all those who through their daily lives gave us a bit of Jesus.
2) Rejoice: Today the gospel repeats the word blessed because the person that finds Jesus is changed forever. We can rejoice around Jesus, with Jesus and for Jesus.
3) Heaven: Saint Bosco used to tell his kids: in heaven we will have a great party. It is to know that we begin to live happiness here, but we reach its fullness only in Heaven. Today God invites you to know that the key to life is to be happy. With Jesus, everything is easier. Let’s make the best of life.
May God Almighty bless you in the name of the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. And remember, Heaven is our goal.