Trying to Make Room in My Soul

"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward will be great in heaven." - Matthew 5:1-12

Today it's a party for all the saints!  Jesus' words in the Gospel this morning lists the attributes that all the saints had and what we, as potential saints aspire to be.

Reading through the Beatitudes it all seems so simple, yet when I take a closer look, I get a little confused.

"Blessed are the poor in spirit," is almost the reverse of what I try and do on a daily basis.  My prayers are geared to be rich in spirit, not poor.  I think of the times when I have been poor in spirit.  My prayer life was upside down and all I kept thinking was, "Why?"

Then I read a short article by Catherine Doherty in my Women's Catholic Devotional Bible (NRSV) and she said something that truly resonated with me:

"Selflessness!  That is the key word for the restoration of the world to Christ.  It is part of that new kingdom which he gives us himself in a few simple words:  "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth."

Catherine also goes on to say that we have to begin the "eviction of self so as to make room for Christ."

It makes sense to me, that as I let go of the literal "things" of the world and the every day annoyances, my soul has more room for Christ to reside.

I wonder if I could start fresh next week.  I have a package coming tomorrow and I'm a little ticked off at my boss right now, but I'm hoping to clear it up by Friday.


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