Beatitudes and Baptism - part 9 Print
Written by Michael Fones   
Thursday, 10 July 2008 05:10
This is the final brief reflection in a series on the beatitudes that I wrote while preparing a homily for a child's baptism.

Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
To be a Christian is to share in the Paschal Mystery – to experience misunderstanding, calumny, taunts, distrust, and worse. Show her the narrow path, the narrow gate. Help her learn to not follow the crowd, but to follow Jesus. There's no greater gift you can give her.

The beatitudes are Jesus' imitation to become like him, to live in him, to abide in him like a branch is part of a vine. The beatitudes are a command - not to imitate Jesus (no one does this very well) - but to invite him to live in us.