Dear Brothers and Sisters, one cannot imagine the beauty of a Christian if lived to its fullness. In the Gospels of Saints. Mathew (5: 3-12) and Luke (6:20-26) we read about the beatitudes. The word “Beatitude” comes from the Latin, Beatus, which means “Blessed”. There is no man on this earth who cannot say that he is not blest, for everyone are blest either in small or big, but the reward remains the same, .i.e., the eternal crown of heaven.
Dear friends, we at times become jealous or envious towards many, whom we find more talented or more gifted than us. We forget about our own talents and gifts which we all have received from His rich bounty. Either small or big, one thing lord asks from us, is not our success, but our faithfulness. Faithfulness to our vocations, call, duty, talent, gift and charisms. In the traditions of holy church we read about saints like St. Therese of lisieux, St. Alphonsa and various others who led such an ordinary and simple life, still, they were raised to the honours of Catholic altars. The reason was nothing but, their faithfulness in obedience and humility.
Lord invites us to live our beatitudes, in faithfulness. Not all can spread love all the time, not all can keep everyone happy, not all can cook, not all can wash clothes, not all can clean the house, not all can enter into administration, not all can lead, not all sing-write-preach etc., but only some. We need to find that in what way lord has blest us, for all the saints found out and lived the blessedness. Thus, they became the living beatitudes. Mother Mary became the first living beatitude in the gospels- “Blessed is she who believed that the lord’s word would come true!” – Luke 1:45. Dear friends, we might be blest in small things, but we should keep in mind that we our reward is big to that extent we can’t even imagine. Mother Angelica, founder of EWTN, said, ”Let us not be confused by the talents and missions of other saints, Let us be the kind of saints we were created to be.” Also, St. Teresa of Calcutta said, “God didn’t call you to be successful, but to be faithful.”
Dear friends, we as Christians, what if we become faithful in small things and talents given to us by Lord out of His rich bounty? Do we even sincerely for minute give Him thanks that at least He held us worthy to receive that tiny little blessing from his kingdom? Once we start living our simple and ordinary lives, in its full, then truly it will become an extraordinary life. If each begin to live his own beatitude in accordance with His will and for the glory of His Kingdom and then it is from there will spring forth the joy of the Holy Spirit, for a Christian life is a life of Joy, which was experienced by all the saints and today lord calls us to do the same.
-George David Toppo