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"The hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth."

When We Need a Hug the Most

In this week’s Eucharistic Adoration reflection we look at the second Beatitude, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be com-forted" (Matthew 5:4). We will look at two different aspects of this passage: what did Christ mean by "mourning," and how will those who mourn be comforted.

Of all the paradoxes, "Happy those who mourn, they shall be comforted" is, humanly speaking, the nearest to a contradiction that we can conceive. It is like saying, "Happy are those who are unhappy. "To begin, we must look at the difference between sadness and sorrow because both of these constitute mourning. Christ does not mean "happy are those who are sad." Sadness is mourning, but it is either mourning over things that don’t deserve to be mourned over, or it is going beyond the extent to which they were supposed to be mourned. It is either mourning over the wrong object or excessive mourning. Sorrow, on the other hand, is grief over what deserves to be mourned (and mourned in the right way). The Gospels give us a fine description of what is to be mourned in the two episodes where we are told that Our Lord wept. He wept over Jerusalem and at Lazarus’ tomb. Why did Christ weep over Jerusalem? Because Jerusalem was sinning! What, then, is a correct object for mourning? Sin. Christ Himself, the Son of God, not only mourned over Jerusalem, but what happened in Gethsemane? He was in positive agony. We say, with some justification, this was in anticipating His sufferings, but mainly it was due to sin—our sin.

At Lazarus’ tomb, Christ sorrowed over Lazarus’ death. We, too, sorrow over the loss of people we love. God does some uncanny things. He puts lovable people into our lives. And, leave it up to God, you know what He always does? He takes them away either physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually. What are we promised? Not comfort in some cheap sense. But comfort that brings strength or fortitude (courage) to bear patiently with the sorrows God puts into our lives. It is, therefore, not wrong to mourn. Is that news? I hope it isn’t. There are times we should give in to our sorrow. But we should also know when to turn away from it.

Therefore, the crux of this Beatitude speaks to those who mourn because of their sins or the sins of others. They recognize that God, who is all love, has been offended. Yet, they can be comforted by way of the reality that He is all merciful when we approaching Him with a heart contrite; "The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise." (Psalm 51:17). It also includes those who suffer out of love for others afflicted by the reality of sin and its consequent alienation of God.

When before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, repent. Make a firm purpose of amendment and receive His comfort. No sin is greater than His love and mercy. He promised He will comfort us but we must approach Him on His terms which may mean taking a hard look into our lives and recognizing those areas that we know displease Him. Hand over to Him all the sorrow of lost loved ones. Give to Him the deep agony that you may feel over having endured the heavy price of the sins of those closest to you and around you. He is right there, in the monstrance upon the altar, just awaiting your all. Do not miss the opportunity and embrace what no one or nothing else can give you, a heart of peace, comfort, satisfaction and security. NEXT WEEK: "Blessed are the meek …" ~ Paul A. Ray


If you can commit to one hour of Eucharistic Adoration each week, or if you have questions regarding Perpetual Adoration:

Julie Varchetti: adorehim247@gmail.com or (586) 214-1825

Committed Adorers are needed especially during the following hours:

MONDAY: 12am-1am, 1am-2:00am, 2am-3am, 3am-4am, 5am-6am, 4pm-5pm, 5pm-6pm, 9pm-10pm;

TUESDAY: 1am-2am, 2am-3am, 3am-4am, 4am-5am

WEDNESDAY: 1am-2am, 2am-3am, 3am-4am,11pm-12am;

THURSDAY: 1am-2am, 2am-3am, 4am-5am, 8pm-9pm, 11pm-12am

FRIDAY: 1am-2am;

SATURDAY: 1am-2am, 2am-3am, 3am-4am, 4am-5am

If you can commit to one hour of Eucharistic Adoration each week, or if you have questions regarding Perpetual Adoration:

Julie Varchetti: adorehim247@gmail.com  or (586) 214-1825

 

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