Feast of All Saints : 1st November

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The Beatitudes

# The Beatitudes (from the Latin beatitudo, « happiness ») are the name given to part of the Sermon on the Mount reported in the Gospel according to Matthew (5, 3-12) and to part of the Sermon on the Plain in the Gospel according to Luke (6, 20-23). There are eight of them in the Gospel according to Matthew and four in the Gospel according to Luke, where they are followed by four curses. There are other beatitudes in Jewish sources prior to the Gospels, in the Bible, especially in Sirach (Sirach 14:20-27), or in one of the Dead Sea Scrolls from cave 4 (4Q525 2 II). The Beatitudes of the Gospel according to Matthew present a structure based on the same process as that used for these last two texts, which has direct consequences for the study of the text of this gospel. The Beatitudes of both Gospels are quoted in the Divine Liturgy of John Chrysostom, a liturgy which continues to be the most frequently used in the Orthodox Church.

From the Gospel according to Saint Matthew

When Jesus saw the crowd, he climbed up the mountain. He sat down, and his disciples drew near. Then opening his mouth, he began to teach them. He said ;  « Blessed are the poor in heart, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the promised land. Blessed are they that weep: they shall be comforted. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness: they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you who are insulted and persecuted and say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who went before you » (Mt 5, 1-12).


The spiritual path of the Beatitudes

Jesus, I am going to your school today. I come to listen to your words and to contemplate your life. Allow me to enter with faith into this spiritual journey that you propose to me: the Beatitudes.
Today we celebrate the reality of a very consoling saving mystery expressed in the creed : « I believe in the communion of saints ». All the saints who, since the Virgin Mary, have already passed into eternal life, form a unity : they are the Church of the blessed, whom Jesus congratulates : « Blessed are the pure of heart: they shall see God ». (Mt 5:8).

They are also in communion with us.

Faith and hope cannot unite us because they already enjoy the eternal vision of God ; but what unites us is the love « that never passes away » ( Cor 13, 13), the love that, with them, unites us to the Father, to Christ the Redeemer and to the Holy Spirit. This love makes them united and attentive to us. We therefore venerate the saints not only for their example, but above all for the unity in the Spirit of the whole Church, which is strengthened by the practice of brotherly love.

This profound unity must make us feel close to all the saints who before us believed and hoped for this very thing that we believe and hope for and who, above all, loved God the Father and their brother men, trying to imitate the love of Christ. The holy apostles, the holy martyrs, the holy confessors who have existed throughout history are therefore our brothers and our intercessors ; in them the prophetic words of Jesus were fulfilled : « Blessed are you who are insulted and persecuted and speak all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake. »

Rejoice, be glad, for your reward is great in heaven ! » (Mt 5, 11-12). The treasures of their holiness are family possessions on which we can rely. They are the treasures of heaven that Jesus invites us to gather (Mt 6, 20). As the Second Vatican Council affirms, « their fraternal solicitude therefore greatly helps our weakness » (Lumen gentium, 49). This solemnity brings us comforting news that invites us to joy and celebration.

Jesus, you who incarnated the Beatitudes to the highest degree, accompany me in those I encounter on my journey. Alone, I can do nothing, but with you I trust. With you, I know that I will go through all the trials. Jesus, teach me to put my faith and my hope in the happiness that only you can give. Today, let us choose one of the beatitudes and seek the opportunity to live it concretely.



◊ Deacon Michel Houyoux : click here to read tha paper→ All Saints’ Feast – Solemnity

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