Beatitudes and Baptism - part 2 Print
Written by Michael Fones   
Tuesday, 01 July 2008 15:01
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Mourning hardly seems like a blessing, but any parent has an insight into how mourning can be a sign of blessing. When a child asks for something that you know isn't in her best interest and you deny it to her, she cries. We live in what's been called a therapeutic society, where the goal is to never mourn: to have all that one needs, to be independent. But there is a terrible cost to self-sufficiency and complacency, even constant pleasure. We forget God, and we forget our neighbor. We are already living in hell, a small little world, though we don't know it. We will mourn then, because our hearts long for so much more than things, but there'll be no one to comfort us in our solitude. So blessed are those who give themselves to others in love. They are guaranteed to mourn whenever someone they love is hurt or suffering. But there will be those who love them, who will act as God's agents and offer comfort. And the Comforter Himself will be there in their deepest need, if they invoke Him.