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Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven

1 Peter 1:18-19: You know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
  Let us Pray ...
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Heavenly Father, may we live each day more conscious of our inestimable value to you. May our words, thoughts and actions be permeated with your sense of our worth - not so that we may seem important to others, but so that we may live in holiness and honor to your precious gift to us. Through Infant Jesus we pray. Amen.
  Today's Readings ... (June 13, 2011)
Memorial of Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest and doctor of the Church
First Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 98:1, 2b, 3ab, 3cd-4
Gospel: Matthew 5:38-42
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Matthew 5:38-42)
The beatitudes which Jesus offers to us are a mark of disagreement to the world's understanding of happiness and joy. The heart of Jesus' message is that we can live a very happy life. The call to sanctity, to be saints who joyfully follow God's will for their lives, can be established in these eight beatitudes. Jesus' beatitudes sum up our profession or vocation – to live a life of the beatitudes. The word beatitude exactly means "happiness" or "blessedness". How can one perhaps find happiness in poverty, hunger, mourning, and harassment? Poverty of spirit finds plenty of room and joy in possessing God as the greatest treasure possible. Hunger of the spirit seeks nourishment and power in God's word and Spirit. Grief and mourning over wasted life and sin leads to joyful freedom from the trouble of guilt and spiritual domination. God reveals to the modest of heart the true source of plentiful life and happiness. Jesus promises his disciples that the joys of heaven will more than recompense for the troubles and hardships they can expect in this world. Thomas Aquinas said: "No one can live without joy. That is why a person deprived of spiritual joy goes after carnal pleasures." What is the good life which God means for us? And how is it related with the final end or purpose of life? Is it not our desire and longing for true happiness, which is none other than the entire good, the sum of all goods, leaving nothing more to be preferred? Jesus addresses this question in his lecture on the mount.
(Tomorrow is Tuesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time)



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