Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor; the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them!
Happy are those who mourn; God will comfort them!
Happy are those who are humble; they will receive what God has promised!
Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires; God will satisfy them fully!
Happy are those who are merciful to others; God will be merciful to them!
Happy are the pure in heart; they will see God!
Happy are those who work of peace; God will call them his children!
Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires;
the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them
(The Bible, Mathew, 5:3).
What makes the poor blessed? Is it poverty? What makes those who mourn blessed? Is it the experience of losing someone? What makes the persecuted blessed? Is it the experience of being persecuted? Ask not what makes us blessed but who makes us blessed? This will lead us to Jesus. What makes these things blessed is the graced connection with Jesus. It is easy to find Jesus in our comfort, in our riches, in the loving relationship of the family and friends, in serenity and peace. But will it be possible to feel the presence of Jesus, and the blessedness of us all, in the midst of poverty, problems, sufferings and calumnies.