Reading the words of the fifth and twenty-fifth chapters of Matthew’s Gospel, we’ve been given the impetus to realign our thinking and acting. For Christians, faith in God is a given. The matter before us is how we present to a world of unbelievers, skeptics, as well as those in need who are looking for something more meaningful than the experience of being downtrodden by the 1%.
We won’t find modern celebrities leading the way, but, as we’ve read, authentic saints like John Paul II, Thomas Aquinas, and Teresa of Kolkata.
109. The powerful witness of the saints is revealed in their lives, shaped by the Beatitudes and the criterion of the final judgement. Jesus’ words are few and straightforward, yet practical and valid for everyone, for Christianity is meant above all to be put into practice. It can also be an object of study and reflection, but only to help us better live the Gospel in our daily lives.
Praying with Scripture is prescribed:
I recommend rereading these great biblical texts frequently, referring back to them, praying with them, trying to embody them. They will benefit us; they will make us genuinely happy.