When we think of the word
''Beatitude'' we think of today's discourse from Luke's Gospel, or the
more familiar one from Matthew
(which begins ''Blessed are the poor
occur throughout the prophets and
Gospels. Today in Jeremiah (with an
echo in the psalm) we hear, ''Blessed
is the one who trusts in the
Lord'' (Jeremiah 17:7).
resurrection in John's Gospel, Christ
proclaims, ''Blessed are those who
have not seen and have believed'' (John 20:29).
placed these sayings throughout the
Gospels as short reminders about the
characteristics that one will find in a
follower of Christ, characteristics
that will help spread the Good News
in this life and lead to eternal blessings in the next. In Latin, the saints
are called the Beati, the ''Blessed, for they are the ones who lived the
''blessed'' life as described by Jesus
throughout the Gospels. How blest are
we, when we also strive to make our
own days a living beatitude!''