Fr Teddy asked the congregation, “Why do you suppose the gospel for this feast is the Beatitudes? I thought about that and realised that the qualities of those mentioned there are in fact the qualities of saints. You know that St Paul called his people saints while they were still alive, but we tend to think of saints only after death and a process of canonisation. But our task is to try to be saints in the way Paul saw it and live the beatitudes in our lives, our family lives. Reflecting on the lives of the saints in heaven is using them as models to imitate and relate to. Who is your favourite? Mine is…..
”Blessed are the poor in Spirit. Blessed are the merciful, those that mourn, those that hunger and thirst for justice. Blessed are the peacemakers and the pure in heart. Matthew 5.
Pope Francis: Blessed are the open hands that bring hope, that reach beyond every barrier of culture, religion and nationality and pour the balm of consolation over the wounds of humanity. Blessed are the open hands that ask nothing in exchange; they are hands that call down God’s blessing. From Message World Day of the Poor 2017