Grace to you!
As I previously hinted, in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapters 5 to 7:29), our Lord Jesus adopted the teaching methods of the Rabbis of his time, namely oral techniques. These were more or less easy-to-remember rhythmic sentences and parallelism. But something was radically different about his teaching. Its contents and the non-verbal cues he employed were uniquely and outstandingly powerful. As the Word of Eternal life, nothing less perfect is to come from the Lord Jesus.
The contents of the Lord's teachings and the actual delivery were different and compelling. The writer of the Gospel of Matthew describes the astonishment and impression the Lord made in his listeners. He noted that the Lord "taught them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes" (Mt 7:29).
What would one have expected from the Incarnate Word, Jesus Christ, as he delivers his word? The Lord Jesus communicates who he is and not what he learned from another teacher. He is the Word with self-outpouring splendor; hence, such power followed every word he spoke.
Let us look at the first body of teachings from Jesus on the Sermon on the Mount series. It's what is called The Beatitudes, or some say The Eight Beatitudes. From this teaching, we know what it means to be truly blessed. So, if you want to be exceedingly blessed, connect with God’s Word and wisdom in The Beatitudes.
The nuggets of blessedness given by the Lord Jesus on The Beatitudes are eight. So you know, the Greek word used by Jesus translated as “blessed” is μακάριος (makarios).
Makarios refers to the profound spiritual satisfaction and happiness that thrives amidst any condition, good or bad. It is a state of being and inner tranquility. It sustains one through pain and sorrows, trials, and tribulations. It's like being solidly established so that nothing would take away your peace, joy, and satisfaction. Such a blessing is desirable, isn't it? You may call it an enduring peace and fulfillment. Or the state of being in which one's peace, happiness, and joy are secure.
I want such enduring satisfaction so that I will be firmly established on God's Word and grace. I hope you do too. I pray that you receive it. Amen.
The blessedness of this kind is far more sustaining than many of the items people spend money on for comfort. It isn't purchased with perishable things. It is a divine blessing, a divine gift. To have it is to be a fortunate testimony of divine favor.
Many people, I suppose, want happiness, joy, and peace. They want stability in life. They desire the kind of security that keeps them so balanced that nothing will take away their joy. Otherwise, they wouldn't be working so hard to get themselves, and their family set for the rainy days. Such stability or favor, one can find by applying the principles in The Beatitudes. The Lord has given us a critical key to success. Use it.
For our private reading, I would recommend we read Matthew 5:1-12. It is the Lord’s entire presentation on The Beatitudes.
Tomorrow's reflections will focus on the First Beatitude, namely, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Mt 5:3).
Remain blessed. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Tuesday, Week 10: Kgs 17:7-16; Mt 5:13-16]
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Father Maurice Emelu PhD., provides a daily blog of reflections based on the Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. The goal is to teach, inspire, encourage, and foster healing through the grace of God's word. They are written in a language that is appropriate for a general audience. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration, and developing your thoughts. They may also be useful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.