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Following the Way of the Prophets – Matthew 5:11-12

The Reading “You are blessed when they insult you and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of me. Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12) Reflection The prophets were those who spoke on God’s behalf. They were moved by the Holy Spirit and spoke whatever God gave them to speak. Sometimes their words were well-received; other…

Persecuted Because of Righteousness

The Reading Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs. (Matthew 5:10) Reflection Following Jesus will lead you to a way of living that is in stark contrast to the ways of the world. You will begin to make new decisions and live by the new patterns of the kingdom of God. Soon, it will become evident to the people around you that you have made a change. Some people will be…

Peacemakers – Matthew 5:9

The Reading Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Reflection  The Christian life is one that seeks peace. We first seek to be at peace with God. God offers this peace through the grace offered through his Son Jesus Christ. We then seek to be at peace with others. We obtain this peace by being merciful to others the way God has been merciful to us. It naturally follows that after we have obtained peace…

The Pure in Heart – Matthew 5:8

The Reading Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. (Matthew 5:8) Reflection When we are reconciled to God and reconciled to each other, we can begin to see life clearly; that is, we begin to perceive life as God intended. When our life is in disharmony with God, we cannot see what God is doing. When we are bitter toward the people around us, our judgment is clouded, and God cannot use us as his instruments.…