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Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
Revelations 7:2-4, 9-14
Psalm 24: 1-6
l John 3:1-3
Mathew 5:1-12
All of these readings are focused on the hope of the Saints. In Reve-
lations, they cried out: "Salvation comes from our God, who is seated
on the throne, and from the Lamb". The psalmist sings about the
people "that longs to see your face". In first John: "Everyone who
has this hope based on him makes himself pure, as he is pure". And
the great statement of hope in Mathew, the Beatitudes.
The promises of the Kingdom of heaven go to those who have the
least: those who are poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, the
merciful, the clean of heart, the peacemakers, those that are perse-
cuted for righteousness sake. "Rejoice and be glad, for your reward
will be great in heaven."
But to be truthful, I really don't want my reward in heaven, but in the
life I have been given right now. I want to be well thought of, to be
able to take care of and be in charge of my self. I don't want to
mourn the loss of these qualities, and many other things I hold dear.
And I see what happens to the "meek" and it scares me to the core.
In the last two years I have been made to mourn for much. I have
been humiliated, not just humbled. I have lost the regard of many,