In the world today, many perhaps forget the unfeigned quintessence of our spirit. Power and possessions reign in the hearts of every person who longs for nothing but to live a life lacking for nothing, be it on material bits and pieces of which people seem to have the utmost need. What is now the value of a person in his/her life?
The Beatitudes that Jesus taught then now simply becomes a plan of a route – helpful instructions for our ascent to God. They are skewed as virtues in so much as a believer of Christ can achieve. “They guide. They point. They teach” declared one of the writers I encountered in one of my readings. What simple yet eloquent and insightful words to describe the beatitudes! They guide. They point. They teach.” Three links of passionate adjectives that express what the Beatitudes are:
- Guide – they give each soul the preeminent avenue into a direction of blissfulness, contentment and a spirit that sees beyond what the world can momentarily proffer.
- Point – they give an underlying essential idea conveyed to all that long to be in the kingdom.
- Teach – they give a grounding goal. They do not only impart simple instructions to us but spiritual directives that each one of us must eruditely learn about in the simplicity of our soul and in the uniqueness of our being.
The Beatitudes disclose the value of Christ and unto what He truly cares. And if these values are adhered to by many religiously they give one a state of peace and happiness and one can enjoy the inherent right to dwell in the Kingdom of God when the journey on this earth is over.
Principles of Christian teachings that lead to self-awakening, and any experiences here on earth are all refiners, purifiers of one’s soul. The Beatitudes hand over a pristine series of Christian paradigms that simply give an emphasis on humility and love. They point out that when one knows how to humble one’s spirit and learn the real language of fraternal love he/she may attain the happiness that his/her soul longs for. They endorse the essence of Christ’s teachings about mercy, compassion and even on spirituality. What matters most is that everyone may learn to value the uniqueness of each another, respecting each one’s limitations and pave the way to be people with a dignity of life in the spirit of equality. There shall be a lived-through spirit of hope that renders a positive outlook in life, ultimate joy that springs from the heart of each person. In hope and joy – the profound silhouette of happiness – abides Jesus, no matter what the consequences are.
It is henceforth a reminder that we are simply nothing and in our nothingness we cling to what is not worldly but of heaven. All of these are the simple teachings of Jesus. In his sermon on the mount, He gives us the Beatitudes that we might see beyond what our human nature craves for namely the inner values, the real treasure, the things for eternity. These are contradictory to what the world highly regards.
So that there will be a candid, unpretentious makeover of one’s inner person, all of these must be lived in the truest sense, taken not just as a choice, but rather with sincere and heartfelt sentiments in wanting to be drawn closer to God. These golden rules guarantee a salvific life and do not just insinuate a ‘way of life’ but clear-cut tenets that Jesus wants us to follow and to have a life that is simply blessed. We are in the world and the challenge of living all of these is upon us. God respects whatever choices we make and yet this does not require anything but faith. It takes a resolute discipline to observe a rule or teachings.
The Beatitudes need but a fecund heart. Our model is Jesus Christ himself leading all of us onto the road of sanctity.
Sr M Glenda D Galanido, fdz