By Rev. José Eugenio Hoyos (English translation by Rebel Girl)
Last Sunday, during our Holy Eucharist the theme of the Gospel focused on the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes. Those words full of power and fire still resonate in our lives. We would be indifferent or deaf if we were not aware of the spiritual jolt and call to awareness to work today with more strength in social action and the defense of human rights. The Beatitudes are a hymn and a mandate for global solidarity.
It is sad that we ignore the words of Jesus in this time of moral and economic crisis. Our prayers are meaningless when we are indifferent to the many children and old people starving in the world, the many beggars asking for alms on the streets and corners or in the middle of traffic. So many people in the richest country in the world do not have a home or have to hide or flee because of the lack of immigration reform.
So we can not forget that the place where Jesus is in the Gospel is with the poor. And the most beautiful pages where the goodness, kindness and compassion of God towards men and women through Jesus are manifest are those which are dotted with suffering. Jesus came to save and liberate. And the pain, whether physical, moral, mental or spiritual, is "touched" by Jesus and is healed and cured. This is the mission of Jesus.
This is evident in Luke 4, 18-19: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord." By listening to Jesus and working to benefit the needy, we will be helping to build the kingdom of heaven. With His works, with His signs, Jesus proclaims that the Kingdom of God has come. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. Amen, Amen and Amen!