Daily Gospel Reflection for June 9, 2014

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Today’s Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12

You Are Blessed.

Jesus sat on a mountain and addressed a crowd full of ordinary people with these words. You’re blessed. You’re blessed if you’re persecuted, if you’re poor, if you’re downtrodden. You’re blessed if you work for peace and people hate you for it. You’re blessed if you are mourning. You’re blessed, even if everyone you know says horrible things about you and considers you anything but blessed.

What can it mean to be blessed when you are in the middle of something so unpleasant? How can we be blessed if we don’t feel blessed?

What if being blessed feels like a huge struggle?

What if we didn’t ask for this blessing and would just as soon return it to the sender?

“Rejoice and be glad,” Jesus told the people. I can’t help thinking that “rejoice and be glad” is a tall order for someone who is suffering and struggling just to make it through the day.

Jesus didn’t say we would feel blessed. He said that we are blessed. Maybe being blessed isn’t about how we feel at all. Maybe being blessed is the reality of living in faith. If our mindset is that we are, indeed, blessed, then we are bound to find evidence of that blessing around us.

When we found out we were expecting twins, we were stunned. As our news spread to family and friends, people tossed the term “blessed” around a lot. “You are so blessed!” everyone raved. While we knew in our hearts that this was true, we worried that we wouldn’t be able to handle everything involved in caring for two babies at once. We were afraid that the arrival of double siblings would be hard on our older child. There were moments when the news felt like more of a burden than a blessing.

As we have grown into the role of parenting our twins, we have realized that we are certainly blessed. We have been blessed by the support and involvement of friends and family who helped us care for our babies and brought us meals. We have been blessed with strength and courage we didn’t know we had. We have learned that when blessings arrive from God, they come with special gifts…often just the things we need to survive the blessing itself.

Ponder:

Is there an area of your life that feels more like a burden than a blessing? Does the knowledge that we are blessed even in our most difficult circumstances help you to approach it differently?

Pray:

Lord, help me to see the evidence of your blessing in my life, even when things are hard to face.

Copyright 2014 Abbey Dupuy

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Abbey Dupuy writes her life as a homeschooling mom of four. She muses about parenting, practicing gratitude and celebrating the liturgical year with her young family at Surviving Our Blessings. In her spare time, Abbey enjoys running, knitting, coffee, and cookbooks, not usually all at the same time.

4 Comments

  1. Thank you for this beautiful reflection!

    Does something in my life feel more like a burden than a blessing? Um..well…yeah! All of it, lately!!! And I have been struggling with this very thing….and you are so right. It is not about how I FEEL….it is how I choose to SEE and BELIEVE. And when I am honest, even though I may not like my circumstance, it is always the greatest burden…the one I would hand back in a second…that bears the greatest fruit.

    God Bless!

  2. Abbey, beautiful thoughts today. It’s funny, I love what Pope Francis has to say about the gospel today too: he calls the beatitudes a “practical program for holiness” http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-the-beatitudes-a-practical-programme-for-holi

    So often, I struggle to try to be my own definition of “good” and “holy” and see the frustrations that get in my way to be “obstacles” instead of the opportunities that they truly are to practice increasing holiness. Today, when I see burdens in my path, I will try more diligently to view them as the blessings that they truly are.

    Have a lovely day!

  3. Abbey great reflection – the words that struck my heart so profoundly, “YOU ARE BLESSED,” and not you will feel blessed. So often I’m seeking feelings and experiences, instead of trusting and accepting God is a part of my life. Not going to lie, I fear the blessings that come as obstacles or sufferings, but you have definitely given me a whole new (more positive)way of looking at today’s Gospel.

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