Join us as we reflect, ponder, and pray together inspired by today's Gospel.
Today's Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12
Of all the lessons in the new testament, the Beatitudes ring clearest to me, at least. All the human emotions are covered here. As mothers we can go through most of them in a single day! Now, with my children all grown, I look back through their lives, and even now as they pave their own adult lives I still find myself in many of those emotions that the Beatitudes describe.
As Christian parents, we realized that we could not raise our children without Jesus. We, without even realizing it at times, had relied on God, our faith, and the sacraments to help us along the way. We spent many nights praying with white knuckles during an illness or waiting for one to come home by curfew, just to name a few. We have been poor in spirit all along! We have mourned when one of our children went the wrong way, when they moved out, and the day we realized that our house was too empty. I could go on about these Beatitudes, but the short of the long is we have been the fighters for justice, the forgiving, the merciful, the loving, felt persecuted when a child turned on us. And all the while we were and still are blessed.
Being a parent is not easy nor is it for the weak of heart, but the rewards are great. As faithful followers of Christ, we will be comforted, satisfied, we will obtain mercy, be called sons of God, and ours will be the kingdom of Heaven! Living the beatitudes in our ordinary lives, I see the benefit of knowing this great teaching of our Lord.
The bottom line through it all, is that we are BLESSED!
What is your favorite teaching of Jesus?
Dear Jesus, help me to find Your teachings a comfort at times when life gets tough. You are my consolation and I trust in You! Thank You for all that You have done for us. In Your name, I pray. Amen
Copyright 2021 Ebeth Weidner
About the Author
Ebeth Weidner, a Master Catechist and cradle Catholic who considers herself a Catholic information junkie, writes from her heart about the faith and hope she finds in the Catholic Church. She is the author of “A Catholic Mom Climbing the Pillars” blog. She is the wife of a research science Professor and mom to 3 great young adults people living on the coastal side of North Carolina.