The meek of spirit are confident, deliver their own concerns to God
“Happy the meek of spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven” (Psalm 48).My brothers, this is the first beatitude. The poor in spirit are the opposite of the proud and arrogant, because they are humble and penetrate the reality of the Kingdom of God.
We perceive, brethren, how much we need change, transformation. John himself, who was the beloved disciple, was at heart a “wealth” of spirit, arriving to make a little group with the other Apostles, as if they were “the beloved” of Jesus. But he was changing, about to become the disciple of love. John became love in his own words, in his gestures, in what was and did. If John did all this change, imagine how much we also need! As our heart needs to be changed, possessed by the first beatitude!
When Jesus speaks in Kingdom of heaven, He does not refer to the realm after death, but right now. If we have a humble heart, we need to live in the Kingdom of God by the way, we need to say: “Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make our heart similar to yours”.
The Lord has patience with us, because he knows we do not change in an hour. The good is in us, but it needs to be diced and taken in “pieces”, it’s going to hurt. To change, the Lord allows humiliating situations to happen for us. At the bottom, we need our own effort and also that Christs let us be humiliated, so that we have a new heart, humble as he is.
The word of God is telling us that we are dependent on him for all, even for a living; and our dependence is total. Therefore, if we are dependent on the Lord, we must put our trust in him.
St. Peter says: “Cast on him all your concerns, because he cares for you” (1Pt 5.7).The meek of spirit are confident, they cast their problems to God and can have peace. This is only possible, because they trust in the Lord.
Monsignor Jonas Abib Founder of the community Canção Nova
Sorrows arise during life: trauma and marks, situations that we do not accept and that hurt deeply our attitude of encouragement. Sufferings that come when we least expect them: the death of someone, a disease, difficulties in family situations that sometimes disappoint us.
For some reason, sadness can appear. But you can’t give in to it. “Do not deliver thy soul to sadness, do not torment yourself in your thoughts.”The self-giving to the diseases of the soul, cause you lose the joy, peace, health, dismantle everything and everything turns into worries.
Even if you have been disappointed with love or with a great friendship, even if your family is divided or you are without any expectation of future, do not let it kill your soul.
Monsignor Jonas Abib Founder of the community Canção Nova
Deacon Nelson Correa, on the program ‘ Sorrindo Pra Vida’ [Smiling at Life] ‘, talks about the ‘ Sanctuary ‘ family. Integrity and family unity must be preserved, so protect your family and pray for it because each one that God gave us is a precious treasure.
The meditated Word is in 1 Timothy 5:8 And whoever does not provide for relatives and especially family members has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
The children drink the overflowing love of their parents. Father and mother are the masters of their children, because everything they do serves as an example for them. Being cradle of family faith, when we don’t take care of our children, we’re worse than infidels.
How many of you parents speak ill of your community, of your parish, your parish priest in front of your kids! What kind of example are you giving them? There is something even more important, however, the most important thing is to preserve the shrine called family. The respect we plant now is what we will reap tomorrow. Parents should be the first to show what it’s like to have faith.
A preserved sanctuary, so our family should be preserved
The family that God thought – man, woman, and children – should position itself. The world has tried to destroy the family image, then we, as children of God, we should fight for it.
Many parents don’t say “I love you” with the words, but how many attitudes express your love! How many sit down after working hard to give the best to their children.
Kids, be grateful to his parents, thank them for all the hard work they do for you. Who is appreciative is happier!
Father and mother, who don’t care to call your your adult children and are isolated from them, you know just because they are grown this does not mean they don’t need you. They need you, Yes! They need your care and love.
Honor your father and mother
The fourth commandment is honoring father and mother, and no amendments or conditions, you must honor them. There are people creating war within their own home. Do not create disputes within your House, but you have to forgive, love, makes the difference.
The enemy wants to split up our families, because, when we are divided, it is easier to destroy. How many times, in the House, we have suffered, but, regardless of the circumstances, may the Lord give us strength to overcome and mostly to love.
It’s not because we were hurt by our parents that we need to do the same with our children. It is a choice! We must choose to live, love and be happy.
Open the door of heaven for our family. Difficult problems have no easy solutions, but with love you can resolve a lot of things. We believe in our family and we fight for it.
Deacon Nelsinho Correa Canção Nova Community mission
We need to teach the commandments of God to our neighbor
We must not only observe the commandments, but teach others to live them
“So, who disobey these commandments, no matter how small, and teach others to do the same, is considered the least in the Kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5, 19).
We want to note two important things in the teaching of Jesus to our hearts today. The first of them is not to disregard the commandments, not relativize the commandments of the law of God, which are ways for our salvation, the route that every Christian, every man and woman of God needs walk to be part of the Kingdom of God. The commandments of the Lord are life for our life!
Don’t take the commandments as prohibitions, or inquisitions, “do this or do that.” Place the commandments of the law of the Lord as life for our life.
Every commandment has the loving presence of God in it, since the first-love is for God above all things-the last, which calls us not to covet anything else. These commandments are divine. What is divine is life, is sacred; is life for our own life. So, I say to you: don’t disregard the commandments of the Lord.
Sometimes, we are accustomed to do one thing, and that thing is wrong, then we say: “The other commandments I keep, but this one …”, and when we say this, we relax and, even more, the heart hardens; so, we start to disregard what is so important, and we can’t let it go. We cannot ignore even one commandment of the Lord.
When we need to review our life, when we need to put it in the light. The first thing we have to look at is how our reflection is for the commandments of the law of the Lord. They are like mirrors that help us to review our relationship with God and with our next. Always look for this mirror, for we are together again, to do this daily examination of conscience, not only when we go to church to confess, but every day, we are together again with these commandments.
The second thing is that we must not only observe the commandments, but teach others how to live them.
If you realize you’re wrong and still failed to correct the error, ask the grace of God to fix it, but never fall, please, on bad teaching what does wrong so that the other also do.
I’m sorry, but there are people who take advantage of everything they do and to consider these dishonest advantages as something honest. In addition to what is wrong, you still want to teach others to do also. Don’t do it, we’re being dishonest with us, with God, with our conscience and morals.
We learn the correct ourselves every day, but let’s not fall into a greater evil, doing wrong and teaching the other to live in error.
God bless you!
Fr. Roger Araujo Canção Nova community priest, journalist and collaborator Canção Nova Portal.
Discover the will of God is a common desire among us all
Corresponding to the will of God is always a desire of the heart of those who, somehow, have experienced his love. That’s why you often hear someone say: “I would like to know what is God’s will for my life.”
These days, a young man opened his heart to me, talking about their dreams, fears, struggles and achievements. He seemed not to be satisfied, nor did he demonstrate enthusiasm on the latest achievements. There was a shadow of sadness and apprehension in his look, which led me to ask: “what are you missing right now?”. He promptly replied: “I want to distinguish God’s will from mine.” By Providence, I had just read some writings of Chiara Lubich talking about it, then I passed him some words of encouragement. Then, I kept thinking about it.
I know that young man is no exception. In fact, discovering the will of God is a common desire among us. Because we know that being in the will of God is the right path to happiness, and being happy is all that craves human being in this world.
Chiara Lubich, founder of the Focolare Movement, claims that it is difficult to know what the will of God is and indicates the path:
“We need to hear well inside a delicate voice, which is often smothered, and that becomes almost imperceptible. But if we listen well, it is the voice of God. Chiara tells us that it’s time to study or help those in need, to work, win against temptation or fulfill a duty of a Christian citizen. She invites us to pay attention to someone who speaks in the name of God, or to face difficult situations with courage. We need to hear. Let’s not shut out his voice, it is the most precious treasure we have. Let’s follow it! “
After this discovery, we have a second stage, which is also very important: the courage to assume the will of God, making it our life project. The condition for this is to take the steps required at each moment. Sometimes simple things happen at first, and, along the walk, there are larger requirements, which are always possible. God never asks us anything we can’t accomplish with his grace.
According to Chiara, life offers us two directions: doing our will or doing the will of God. The first option will be disappointing, it’s like climbing the mountain of life with our limited ideas, with the few resources we have, with our poor dreams, counting only on our own strength. From there, sooner or later, we get into the routine experience of an existence full of boredom, of mediocrity, of pessimism and, sometimes, even despair. A monotonous life, in spite of our effort to make it interesting, we never get to meet our intimate deeper insides. The second possibility is when we repeat with Jesus: ‘ not my will, but yours “(Lk 22, 42).
To understand this better, we can compare God to a Sun. From the Sun come many rays that protrude on each of us. These rays represent the will of God. In life, we are called to walk toward this “Sun”, following the lightrays, that are different and distinct from all others. And we can accomplish the wonderful design that God has for each one of us: His will. If we do, we’re going to feel involved in a divine adventure, never before imagined.
We will be at the same time, actors and spectators in the great things that God will accomplish in us and through us in humanity. All that was to happen, as the sufferings and the joys, thanks and misfortunes, important facts or insignificant ones, all will acquire a new meaning, because it is offered by the hand of God, who is love. All he wants or allows is for our good. If you believe that only with the faith we will see then, with the eyes of the soul, there is a golden thread calling events and things, to compose a magnificent embroidery: it is the project of God for each one of us.
It may be that, given this, you decide to give more meaning to your life. So, start now to do the will of God, because, if you think about it, the past is gone and we can’t have it. All we can do is put it in the mercy of God. The future has not yet arrived. We will live it and it becomes current. In our hands, all we have is the present moment. It is where we must choose to do the will of God. How? Listening to that soft voice that speaks to the heart, remembering that God didn’t ask us something unworkable. We will be together!