Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:4
Today, we shall reflect on the second of the eight Beatitudes, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” The natural man never wishes to be a mourner, mourning is undesirable, but Jesus says, “Blessed are those who mourn.” A lot of present day believers are not different from the two sons of Zebedee (James and John). All we desire of God, all we ask of God, all we want from God are seats of glory; we only want to participate in the glorious splendor of the Messiah. However, what Jesus offer is a cup. This cup which Jesus the Master offers is sometimes filled with sorrow or tribulations or bitterness. Even as we yearn for the Master’s glory, we should also accept the pain of God’s purging. Frederick W. Faber (1849), invite us “O come and mourn with me awhile, O come near to the Savior’s side, O come together, let us mourn….., Have we no tears to shed for Him, While soldiers scoff and foes deride? Ah! look how patiently He hangs…”
The Scripture says in Jeremiah 31:2, “Thus says the Lord: The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness; when Israel sought for rest.” These people were purified in their exile, and they became instruments of God through that terrible experience of the wilderness, yet they found grace. Dear friends, there are times when doing the will of God will bring you pain and tears, each believer has his or her own moment of Gethsemane, these moments are moments of mourning. We mourn with Jesus for the will of God to triumph. Apostle Paul drank from the ‘man of sorrow’s cup of tribulation. In his moment of Gethsemane, God told him, “My grace is sufficient for you”. St. Augustine cautions us against an improper understanding of mourning. Jesus does not bless every form of sorrow. Despair is sorrow without hope. Self-pity is a most dangerous form of mourning. To mourn is to grieve over our own weakness in relation to God’s standard of righteousness and His kingdom power. It is also to mourn over the things that grieve God, to have our feelings in sympathy with the feelings of God and to be afflicted in our spirit over the sin, immorality and cruelty manifested in the world. Those who mourn are comforted by receiving from the Father “righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost”. There is a reward for mourning with Jesus, “for they will be comforted.” If you will drink from the Master’s cup of sorrow, you will receive His comfort. Only those who mourn will the Holy Spirit comfort, He is the Mighty Comforter. All the tears we bear for the sake of doing God’s will, will not end in hopelessness, rather we shall be comforted. Indeed blessed are those who mourn for their sins, for they shall receive forgiveness and life eternal, which is the true comfort that our soul desires.
- Thank God for this reflection.
- Take the Prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola meditatively.
- Take this prayer meditatively and seriously please, “Jesus, I entrust all the reasons for my tears to you. Come to me. Speak to me. Reveal the Will of God to me. Deliver me from dangers and diseases (names). Jesus! Pour Your Precious Blood on me. Remove all the stains of sin from me. Help me to be faithful to you in my moment of Gethsemane. Deliver me from satanic bondages, evil desire, wicked men and temptations of the devil. Grant me the comfort of the Holy Spirit in every area of my life in the name of Jesus-Amen.
Exercise: Always offer your sufferings to Jesus in prayer.