A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew (5, 1-12)
The Beatitudes are the treasure of the Gospel and the autoportrait of Jesus. Why? Because each episode of the New Testament can be enlightened by one of these words of Jesus. They show us Jesus as a meek, merciful, poor in spirit and a peacemaker man.
For this Holy Year of Mercy we should learn and apply this blessing: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” Let’s wonder which other parts of the Gospel seem to be enlightened by this sentence? How many saints embodied it and how many persons in our daily life still embody it?
For this Sunday of All Hallows we may meditate this other beatitude: “for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.” The Beatitudes opens us the gates of the Kingdom and shows us the path of our own holiness. To become a saint there is no objective to achieve. God expects us to let Him fulfill our lives and to become the face of poorness in spirit, comfort, meekness, mercy, pureness in heart and peace.