Commentary: Wayback Machine.
'Tis also the festival of Blessed Yolanda of Poland, Abbess, O.S.C. (circa 1235-1298, A.K.A. Helen, Jolenta): Blessed-link ūna, Blessed-link duae, & Wikipedia-link.
'Tis also the festival of Blessed Lorenzo Maria of Saint Francis Xavier, Priest, C.P. (1782-1856, A.K.A. Lorenzo Salvi): Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link.
Scripture of the Day
The Second Letter to the Corinthians, chapter one, verses one thru seven;
Psalm Thirty-four, verses two & three, four & five, six & seven, & eight & nine;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter five, verses one thru twelve.
Commentary: Gospel reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, today in the Beatitudes we hear are a series of paradoxes, surprises, reversals. A topsy-turvy universe is being set aright. Let me propose a key for translating these beatitudes. The word found in all of them is makarios, rendered “blessed” or “happy” or perhaps even “lucky.” “Blessed are the poor in spirit...” How lucky you are if you are not addicted to material things. Here Jesus is telling us here how to realize our deepest desire, which is the desire for God.Mass Readings—Requiem for Juliett Hotel
“Blessed are they who mourn...” We might interpret it this way: “How lucky are you if you are not addicted to good feelings.” Doing the will of God sometimes involves the acceptance of enormous pain. “Blessed are the meek...” One of the greatest seductions the world holds out to us is power. But what I ought to do is eschew worldly power, so that the power of the will of God might reign in me.
The Book of Sirach, chapter three, verses one thru six, eight, nine, fourteen, fifteen, eighteen, & nineteen;
The First Letter to the Thessalonians, chapter four, verses thirteen thru eighteen;
The Gospel according to John, chapter fourteen, verses one thru six.