Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
Raising his eyes toward his disciples Jesus said:
“Blessed are you who are poor,
for the Kingdom of God is yours.
Blessed are you who are now hungry,
for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who are now weeping,
for you will laugh.
Blessed are you when people hate you,
and when they exclude and insult you,
and denounce your name as evil
on account of the Son of Man.
Rejoice and leap for joy on that day!
Behold, your reward will be great in heaven.
For their ancestors treated the prophets
in the same way.
But woe to you who are rich,
for you have received your consolation.
But woe to you who are filled now,
for you will be hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now,
for you will grieve and weep.
Woe to you when all speak well of you,
for their ancestors treated the false
prophets in this way.” LK 6:20-26
“Rejoice and leap for joy on that day! Behold, your reward will be great in heaven.” Why? Because I won the lottery and don’t have to work anymore. School is out for a month because there is no electricity. My parents are going to give me everything I want. I can have anything I want. Is this really what will make us happy? It is an interesting question. Have you ever thought about what really would make you happy? We have inherited a fallen human nature and we wake each day leaning towards sin and searching for comfort and luxury. We want the easy way.
God made us and knows what will make us the happiest, but it doesn’t sound entertaining or fun. It’s better than that, its joy, bliss, eternal and never passes away. First, Jesus teaches us to be humble. God is big, we are small. We need Him, He doesn’t need us. Catholic Encyclopedia New Advent states humility is, “that by which a man has a modest estimate of his own worth, and submits himself to others.” Fr. Jarrod says it is the truth about oneself (gifts and limitations) in the sight of God. C.S. Lewis states, “Humility is not thinking less of oneself but thinking of oneself less.” Be a servant, become a saint!
Second, Jesus asks us to fill ourselves with Him if we are going to be satisfied, heavenly things, not earthly possessions. We need God, seek Him out, search for Him and be filled. Seek unceasingly, where? In prayer, each other, Scriptures, Eucharist, and sacraments He is fully alive and present with us.
Third, in suffering we will find the greatest joy! Those who start to get closer to Jesus’ most Sacred Heart start to thank Jesus for their suffering. God’s love is radical and the most powerful thing in the world. Jesus promises if we do these things we will leap for joy. There is something greater than any earthly happiness, the reward of the joy in heaven. We have great worth when God fills us and this life can be an amazing adventure if we submit ourselves to our Creator and trust in Him.
Prayer, good works, spending time with Jesus in the sacraments and adoration or a quiet church, offering up our suffering with Christ’s, these things last for all eternity and are the riches that are stored up in heaven and bring joy to those on earth. For there is no law against these things.
Today’s challenge: Be humble, serve everyone in the room before you serve yourself. Seek God out, pray, read Scripture, sit with Him in Adoration, receive Him at Mass. Offer your sufferings up with Christ sufferings for the salvation of souls.
Be a servant, become a saint!
Joyfully sacrifice for someone today!
Pray for me and my family as I pray for you and yours!