The First Reading today is from Zephaniah 2 and 3: For I will leave in the midst of you a people humble and lonely. This past week I have been standing in the midst of these people. The experience has been moving. From the very young to the elderly, emotionally fragile or physically strong, male or female, and Canadian or Dominican, we have worked side by side to create together a very small piece the kingdom of God. The images of this week will stay with me. The stories I have heard shall be repeated to remind all of us of the inequities in our world. Blessed are the poor in spirit, blessed are those who mourn, blessed are the meek, blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, blessed are the peacemakers. These are just some of the groups that Jesus singles out in today’s Gospel. Yes, my heart says. Blessed indeed are the people I have met this week. Their brokenness has become their strength. Their resilience is inspiring. May I learn from them with grace and courage.
What group of people in your life are blessed?
What lessons can we learn from them?
Blessed are you Lord of the Universe! May we always noticed those that you call happy, despite their circumstances. Let us build the kingdom together. Amen.