Thought of the Day June 6, 2017

By 9:11 AM

"Jesus says: 'Blessed are the poor, the gentle, those who mourn, those who hunger and thirst for uprightness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, and those who are persecuted in the cause of uprightness' (Matthew 5:3-10). These words offer us a self-portrait of Jesus. Jesus is the Blessed One. And the face of the Blessed One shows poverty, gentleness, grief, hunger, and thirst for uprightness, mercy, purity of heart, a desire to make peace, and the signs of persecution. The whole message of the Gospel is this: Become like Jesus. We have his self-portrait. When we keep that in front of our eyes, we will soon learn what it means to follow Jesus and become like him." (Henri Nouwen) We, as disciples, are called to learn from the Master how to live and what to do.  The Beatitudes both reflect the person and  life of Jesus as well as a way of life to be embraced by us. They are sign posts on the path to greater holiness. Jesus freely chose to live this way of life. We are called  to do the same. It is a choice to die to the false self in order to become our true self in Christ.

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