Journey into Freedom Day 29

Jesus sits on a hillside teaching the people.

Preparation: Begin by stilling, then dedicating the time of prayer to God and asking God that all you think, feel and imagine are for the glory of God.

Gift: I ask that I may know Jesus more intimately, love him more dearly and follow him more closely.

Setting: Consider the Bible passage below, you can imagine you are listening to Jesus on the hillside, or you can ponder slowly these Beatitudes—they are central to the teaching of Christ. What do they mean to you?

Matthew 5:1-12 HCSB

When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain, and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. Then He began to teach them, saying:

“The poor in spirit are blessed, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs. Those who mourn are blessed, for they will be comforted. The gentle are blessed, for they will inherit the earth. Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are blessed, for they will be filled. The merciful are blessed, for they will be shown mercy. The pure in heart are blessed, for they will see God. The peacemakers are blessed, for they will be called sons of God. Those who are persecuted for righteousness are blessed, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

You are blessed when they insult 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.”

Jesus sits on a hillside teaching the people.

Conversation: Talk to Christ in your own words as a friend or leader. You may want to talk about what he means in the Beatitudes.

Final Prayer: End with a formal prayer such as the Lord’s Prayer/Our Father.

A Thought for Today: All blessings come to us through our Lord. He will teach us, for in beholding His life we find that He is the best example. Saint Teresa of Avila

A Reflection on the Beatitudes: The Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Beatitudes respond to the natural desire for happiness. This desire is of divine origin: God has placed it in the human heart in order to draw people to the One who alone can fulfil it. (1718)

The Beatitudes reveal the goal of human existence, the ultimate end of human acts: God calls us to his own beatitude. This vocation is addressed to each individual personally, but also to the Church as a whole, the new people made up of those who have accepted the promise and live from it in faith. (1719)