June 7, 2021
by Mary Lee Brock
Creighton University's Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Graduate School
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Monday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 359

2 Corinthians 1:1-7
Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Matthew 5:1-12

Praying Ordinary Time

Weekly Guide for Daily Prayer

Today in the gospel from Matthew we hear Jesus teaching the Beatitudes to the gathered crowd.   These words of Jesus are so familiar, and there is a simple elegance to his teaching.  Yet there is so much to learn every time I hear these words. 

As I spend time with the Beatitudes I am transported to a funeral I recently attended for an Aunt who died after a brief illness.  There were so many complex feelings during the visitation and funeral including a feeling a gratitude that it was now safe for people to gather to honor her life.  It was so moving to collectively feel joy and sadness, to share laughter and tears.

The Beatitudes were one of the readings during the funeral Mass.  Hearing the words of Jesus in light of the life that Anna lived was a beautiful experience.  It is clear Anna was beloved by her husband, her daughters and their families (especially her grandchildren), her wide circle of friends and her extended family.  And reflecting upon her life it is no surprise that she had the impact she had on others as she truly lived the teaching of Jesus without expecting anything in return other than the promise of ever lasting life.  The Beatitudes resonate with me as I am hearing an invitation rather than a command to be perfect.  We are loved in our imperfection and we can always strive to live in the image of Jesus.

Reflecting on Anna’s life helps me examine my own life while I ask for God’s grace to live the gospel.  Anna was accepting and welcoming.  I pray I can I meet people where they are without judgment.   Anna was generous.  I pray I can I give with a full heart and expect nothing in return.  Anna appreciated and enjoyed her live.  I pray I can I honor God by appreciating my gifts and by sharing those gifts with others.  Anna lived her unwavering faith.  I pray for opportunities to deepen my faith and to encourage others to embrace their authentic spirituality.

Rejoice and be glad for your reward will be great in heaven.

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