Then he looked up at his disciples and said: Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets. But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry. Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep. Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.
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Blessed are you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours. Blessed are you who are now hungry,for you will be satisfied. Blessed you who are now weeping,for you will laugh. [Luke 6: 20-21]
To recognize the potential for fullness of life that abides in our hearts, we first need to face our inner poverty. To feast on God’s love with relish, we first need to feel our aching hunger for it. To embrace our joy, we must first embrace sorrow.
—Margaret Silf, 2010: A Book of Grace-Filled Days © 2010 Loyola Press, Chicago IL. For more Ignatian spiritual resources from Loyola Press, please visit www.loyolapress.com
Lord, when we are in the depth of mourning, it’s hard to believe that we will laugh again. Though joy feels a lifetime away, you make us a promise: “Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.” Lord, may our tears deepen our compassion for the discouraged, lonely, and frightened. May our tears bring us to a place of gratitude as we focus on what we have left and not on what we have lost. And may our tears move us beyond our self-preoccupation so we can be a sign of hope and help to those feeling the burden of their cross.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team