Matthew 5: 1-12

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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.
Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

What does it mean to be blessed?

In Hebrew, the word “ashrei” – happy – which translates to “blessed,” does not allude to feelings, sensations, moods, nor even to tranquility and contentment. Instead, it indicates a “dynamism,” so much so that the word “blessed” could be translated to “path renewed at all times.” Therefore, by entering into death with him, we too will experience his own “bliss” today. There are no other paths because none of those offered by the world, none of those that we hope for today, are incorruptible.

What do you want? To recover from an illness? And who would not want that? Sometimes God grants it to us, but we will get sick again. However, if in the disease that “afflicts you,” you already experience the “consolation” of Christ – that is, with your solitude and, embracing you, makes you lie on the Cross that “purifies” your “heart” from any lie of the devil for “seeing” the Father between the wounds and the pains – then this is the true BLESSEDNESS, which never gets out of hand.

Like that of a boyfriend and a girlfriend, who can experience the first fruits of the “Kingdom of Heaven” in modesty, freedom, sincerity, respect, and chastity in which they learn the mutual gift. All the while they are “persecuted because of the justice” of the world that would like them to submit to the dictatorship of desire.

Like that of two spouses, who “making peace” given to them by the risen Christ in forgiveness are enabled to take upon themselves the sin of the other, thus allowing them to experience the freedom of the “children of God.” They have nothing to defend because they already live in the taste of heavenly life which is the love of Christ that destroys the barriers of sin and death.

So courage, brothers and sisters we are “blessed,” especially when “everyone” – even those who are deceived by the devil – believe us to be “miserable,” that is, “pitocchi” and “curled up in fright” (according to the Greek origin which translates to “poor”), that is, cowards and useless for having believed in Christ and given him life.

For this reason, they “insult” us and persecute us and, lying will say all sorts of evil against us because of him. But it will be precisely in those moments that we will fully enjoy the BLISS and taste of Paradise, so sweet as to make us “exult,” like the martyrs during their torture. Yes, because the “hunger for justice” that drives the world dominated by Satan and his injustice to violence, has been “satiated” in us by the Justice of Christ who loved us so much as to forgive and REGENERATE us in Him; and he even made us worthy of resembling him in suffering, to receive in Heaven – which we believe and expect because in the Church we are anticipating his love – his own “reward,” or eternal life in the eternal bliss.

This is why today we will be “blessed” if we accept our history as it is presented to us without rebelling.

We don’t have to do anything, just be who we are, renewed, supported, and guided by the Church, entering this Monday as it will appear, taking a seat in the last place which is closest to Heaven, where Christ already is, our bliss.

God bless you.
Father Mauro