Life’s Sufferings and Blessings
† Story: “Drug and Alcohol Addiction,” it’s a common news headline; often linked to the celebrity lifestyle of musicians, footballers and movie stars.
However, such devastating illness and abuse can often be found much closer to our own homes, even inside them. The consequences can do far-reaching damage, not just to the sufferers but to their families, friends and relatives. Marriages may be destroyed, families broken and the dignity of people taken away, never to be rediscovered.
When I read such stories, my thoughts seem to quickly switch to the words of the Beatitudes. For me, the prayer captures so many of life’s ills and describes many of our people’s sufferings. The people are often our near-neighbours, everyday people we brush shoulders within our communities. They carry the burden of our sick brothers and sisters and face the destruction and damage they leave behind.
Finding a quick answer to such problems may seem impossible and in the end, there are never any winners; the whole community suffers; everyone loses at least a little something. In the words of the Beatitudes, some within our community can be identified as the poor and meek, others as those who mourn and seek mercy. Yet, despite their anguish and pain, there will also be the persistent peacemakers, trying to restore righteousness and rebuild community spirit.
Perhaps our instant response in these trials, is all too often one of anger and finger-pointing, rather than making an offer of love and help! But answers don’t come easily!
Thoughts: If we take a step back from our hectic ways, it’s won’t take long to find our brothers and sisters among the Beatitudes. Perhaps we will even find our own reflection!
Our community needs our prayers; prayers for healing, unity and love.
Prayer: The Beatitudes
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteous sake,
they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.
Blessed are they who suffer persecution for justice’s sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Amen.
Look, Listen and Reflect: Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace
⇒PAUSE and talk … to Jesus.
† In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen †