Monday 10th Week of the Year.
We have to start coming to the mountain with Jesus and leave all our stuff behind to be with him as we are, just as we find ourselves.
“My thoughts are not your thoughts.
My ways are not your ways,” says the Lord. (Isaiah 55 8.)
This line from Isaiah the prophet
pretty much sums up the all of the Beatitudes
and the whole of the Gospel.
God is doing something new with his people
in every time and every age.
Our old ways of glamorizing the rich and famous
are just out of date, at least in God’s plan.
Daydreaming about such things
and even achieving some of them
can leave a trail of anxiety and not peace.
God’s way is so much better
because he teaches us from a mountain
like Moses taught the Hebrew people
that it’s not how much you have
or how successful you are in this world.
It’s more about how much you don’t have,
and he is not talking about material gains.
We have to start coming to the mountain with Jesus
and leave all that stuff behind to be with him
as we are, just as we find ourselves.
We might be surprised to know that we are poor in spirit,
which is to look back at all the stuff we have
and realize that it is a gift from God.
It would even include those things that are troublesome,
for even the cross is God’s gift
to open our hearts to his gracious care.
Such poverty draws the Lord Jesus to help us.
And in some crazy way, we laugh and realize
how blessed we are and even more how good God is to us.
We might be surprised to find out
how the Lord’s comfort changes us
when we mourn the loss of something
and especially someone.
The Lord doesn’t shield us from the bumps and bruises of life.
He helps us to carry them.
It’s how we can live with those sorrows and disappointments
without allowing bitterness or anger to enter our hearts
or seeking to get even to be satisfied.
Let me conclude this brief homily with a quote from Archbishop Fulton Sheen on the merciful.
He says, “The word “mercy” is more than sentimental… It is derived from the Latin word meaning a ‘sorrowful heart.’ A person is merciful when he feels the sorrow and misery of another as if it were his own… and dispels the misery of his neighbor just as much as he would if the misery were his own.… If our heart is filled with the sand of our ego, how can God fill it with the fire of his Sacred Heart?” And then he adds, “God finds us best when we are lost in others.”
The Cross and the Beatitudes Quotes by Fulton J. Sheen.