REFLECT – Day 6:
We are going to continue with our Lent journey through “The Beatitudes”. This week we will be focusing on the phrase “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”.
As we move onto this next phrase it’s a good idea to remind ourselves of the original passage. So take a few minutes to open your bible to Matthew 5:1-10. Slowly read the passage and take in the contrasts found in this passage. Perhaps highlight certain words which reveal great contrast.
We will return every five days to these eight beautiful attitudes: this portrait of Jesus and of life in all its fullness.
‘Blessed are those who mourn’ is a word for every Christian, not just a comfort to the bereaved. There is a huge paradox here which is meant to make us think. Happiness (‘blessed’) us next to sorrow. Grief is set in the context of hope.
We live in a world full of suffering and loss. We are reminded of the scale and relentless nature of human loss every time we go to our church. We walk through, or at least, see the graveyard and families tending to the memorials of loved ones who are now gone. It’s okay to mourn. To mourn is actually to be courageous. We dare to open our eyes and ears and heart to the suffering around us and the pain within us. There is certainly time and place for that. But it’s not all doom and gloom. As you read the graves in the yard you can read how they point to a future eternal hope. This future should inform our grief – even when faced with horrid situations other than loss of life.
To grieve in this way is only possible because of God’s love and God’s hope – otherwise the pain and suffering would overwhelm us.
Jesus offers us the only way to love well: to open our eyes to suffering yet hold that pain within God’s greater love and joy.
Still your mind. Take time to listen to the words of Jesus and repeat them several times with the rhythm of your breathing:
‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted’.
Make a list of the five things which most grieve you in the world today. Share it with someone and ask for their list in return.