The exhortation of St. Paul that those who are married, have children, have riches and are rejoicing now should behave as if they have none (cf. 1 Cor. 7: 25-31), the instruction of the Psalmist:

forget your own people and your father’s house (cf. Ps. 45:11-17), and the beatitudes where Jesus blessed the poor, the hungry, the mourners, and those hated for his sake, sound strange and contrary to real life experience.

 Nobody finds delight in hunger, no one prays to mourn and there is nothing to treasure in being literally poor. But how are we to understand these beatitudes? How can the poor, the hungry, the mourners be blessed and happy and the rich who have their fill of everything be called unfortunate? The reason is simple, When all is well, we tend to be self-satisfied and imagine we have no need of God. We begin to pride over our achievements and place all our hope and trust in these material things.

This is what we see every now and then in our society: A man who is struggling to survive with his family, always present in the Church, active in various pious organisations, does not miss morning masses, and ensures that his entire family is active in Church. He also relates freely and happily with his parents, friends and  relatives in the community. But immediately he gets an appointment or a job in the city, builds a good house and buys a good car, it becomes difficult for him to attend mass even on Sundays. He begins to look down on everybody and considers every other person as less than him. His parents become witches and wizards. His village is termed a wicked community. Thus, our Blessed Lord said: it’s easy for a Camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter heaven (cf. Mt. 19:24 ). Why is’t so? Because, the rich place their trust in their material possessions. No wonder, St. Peter Claver wrote: To love God as He ought to be loved, we must be detached from all temporal love.We must love nothing but Him, or if we love anything else, we must love it only for His sake.

 True Happiness is only attainable the moment we learn to let go of our ego, shackles and submit ourselves to the will of God. Know dear friends, that the form of this world is passing away.

 PRAYER: Help us, Lord, to know the shortness of our lives that we may gain wisdom of heart. Amen!



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