TRUE HAPPINESS IS WHEN WE SHARE OUR BLESSINGS WITH OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN NEED
Today’s readings teach us that true happiness, or beatitude, lies in the awareness that we are all children of a loving Heavenly Father and that we will be happy only when we share our blessings with our brothers and sisters in need, and when we work to uplift them, thus declaring our “option for the poor,” as Jesus did. The word “beatitude” means “blessedness” in a double sense: both enjoying God’s favor and enjoying true or supreme happiness. But people think that wealth, health, power and influence are not the source of true happiness. Millions are starving, persecuted, homeless, and leading hopeless lives. The only way the promises of the beatitudes can become a reality for them is through the efforts of people like us. Hence, let us remember that each time we reach out to help the needy, the sick and the oppressed, we share with them a foretaste of the promises of the beatitudes here and now.
Source: Excerpted from Gospel reflection by Fr Tony Kadavil available at http://frtonyshomilies.com