In today’s gospel, we hear repeatedly the words “Happy are you…” Jesus tells his disciples how happy they are who are poor, who are hungry, who weep, and who are persecuted.
Our Lord seems to present to us a very special kind of happiness. Let’s admit it, all of us seek happiness. We do everything possible to have some kind of happiness: we make sure that we live well and provide what is necessary for our families; we make sure that we have food on our tables; we love to be in an environment where there’s peace and harmony. But, we know by our experiences that, when we have nothing, when we’re hungry or grieving or insulted, by no means do we attain happiness.
Let us not forget that it is not because of our poverty, hunger, grief or persecution that we should be happy. When Our Lord tells us, his disciples, how happy we are, it is because of something greater: when we are poor, the Kingdom of God is ours; when we are hungry, we shall be satisfied; when we weep, we shall laugh; and when we are persecuted for the name of Christ, we shall have a great reward in heaven.
“A blessing on the man who puts his trust in the Lord, with the Lord for his hope,” says Jeremiah the prophet in our First Reading. True happiness (or blessedness) consists then in putting our trust in the Lord, accepting that we are poor and that we need Him. God casts His gaze upon those who call upon Him with a child-like trust. This is what our patroness Saint Teresa teaches us: nothing but the Gospel.
May we always put our trust in God who is our Father, following the example of the Son, crying out “Abba, Father!” with the Holy Spirit. May our Blessed Mother, the One who is “Blessed among women” teach us the way to eternal happiness!