Marriage and the Beatitudes

Fr George, our Parish Priest has invited us to look more deeply at the Beatitudes:

I would like you to reflect with me on what it means to have the right attitudes for living, based on the teaching of Jesus, and how this helps us in making the right choices. I’d like to invite you to enter into this by considering the Beatitudes, recognised widely as the core of Jesus’ teaching about our right attitudes and actions in life. Through the Beatitudes ((Matt 5:3-11)) Christ summarises his teaching about life and explains how we should respond as children of God to the loving invitation of God.”

On Marriage Sunday it is appropriate to consider especially how the beatitudes provide guidelines for those who are married. They put forward the qualities that we need every day to live harmoniously and lovingly as husband and wife and as father and mother. Christ did not promise an easy path, but through the Sacrament of Matrimony he provides the grace we need to live the married life, with all its ups and downs, joys and sorrows.

It is good to reflect on how each of the beatitudes enters into our lives on a daily basis. Depending on our particular circumstances, some will be paramount at the moment. Which speaks to you right now? We might pray for the grace to answer Christ's call in this aspect our life today.

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land.

Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice : for they shall have their fill.

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God .

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’s sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.