Blessed Are They Who Mourn
for They Shall Be Comforted
by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
Talk about a paradox: Blessed or happy are
those who are not happy. Now Lord, we know you can speak mysteriously but what
does this mean? Is Christ telling us there is blessedness and happiness if
we mourn? YES. In other words, is it sinful to mourn? No, provided we mourn
over the right things and we mourn in the right way. No one can mourn over trifles,
over nothing - and that is wrong! We can even mourn over those things that do
not need to be mourned over, (inconsolable) that is wrong! Even when we weep
we should not weep all day.
Now Christ gives us the perfect model of what
we are to mourn over and how we should mourn. The two occasions where Christ
wept are once at the grave at Lazarus and at another time He mourned over Jerusalem.
So what may we legitimately mourn over? Over the loss of someone we loved by
death as in the case of Lazarus, or estrangement (as in so many broken homes
nowadays, broken hearts). Surely, there is a legitimate cause for mourning.
Christ wept over Jerusalem - what a lesson to us and also what an examination
of conscience. All you have to do is page through the daily newspaper. Do you
people get newspapers here? Do you read them? It's all right you can shake your
heads. Sister Theresina answers: We read religious papers once a week but not
current events. I very seldom read the newspapers, never actually read them.
I subscribe to some twenty publications a month and read an average book a day.
The newspapers are no guarantee of the truth in case you have not been told.
All you have to do is read what is going on in New York City and that's enough
talk about Christ weeping over Jerusalem.
Father Hardon glances at the station of the cross on the wall and smiles
and turns to say, I am glad you have the "Way" of the Cross. Do you
say them everyday? If not do so. My favorite way of the cross is to identify
Christ's suffering now in His Church. Christ who is now glorified cannot weep
over the modern Jerusalem but we are supposed to weep over the crimes, and my
friends in high places, especially that God forgive them. Crucified by those
who have been especially dedicated to Him. We are to weep over our own sins.
The words, "they shall be comforted consoled" does not bring
out what the holy scriptures as recorded in St. Matthew wants us to learn. Whenever
you see the letters FOR together in a word (in the science of linguistics),
it stands for power. The word Fortitude (F-O-R) inside of comforted, means
they shall be strengthened. If there is one mistake we should not make whatever
else we make is to never make the mistake that this is already heaven. We can
expect to have pain and suffering or for a present purpose mourning. God will
put wonderful into our lives. And he will take them away, either us from them
or them from us.
Ex. "I was already ordained a priest. My mother saw me ordained.
She suddenly died. I did not realize there were that many tears in one pair
of eyes. One Mass through I wept."
God allowed us to have sorrows to make us realize
(either should shout louder, repeat emphatically, or etch in bronze to tell
myself and you) that sorrow mourning is a gift from God.
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