As we continue to reflect on the seed sown on rich soil, let’s examine our hearts critically to see if we are the true disciple of Christ, “who hears the word and understands it” (Matthew 13:23)
In the Beatitudes, the disciples of Jesus are poor, hungry, and weeping; they are hated and persecuted (cf. Luke 6:20ff). For the world, these are undesirable attributes. And yet they are the reason why the disciples are blessed!
The Beatitudes are paradoxes. They reveal what God’s standards are. They are the opposite of the world’s standards. They show us the right perspective – God's perspective.
The Beatitudes express the meaning of Christian discipleship. (Pope Benedict XVI, Jesus of Nazareth I)
It's a discipleship that demands humility and suffering, just as our Lord has “humbled himself, becoming obedient to death” (Philippians 2:8). “Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,” St. Paul teaches (2 Timothy 3:12 RSVCE).
Unfortunately some Christians are quick to complain about the hardships of life. They lose heart quickly and stop praying; some even give up their faith altogether.