The 10 Commandments teaches us what sin is. It tells us what to avoid, but it is not enough to empower us to become good children of God.
That is why in John 15:12, Jesus said, “This is my commandment: love one another as I have loved you.” Now, we can see that Christ’s new law liberates us from mere external observance of the commandments. It teaches us about faith and love. And, this new basis for moral life is sketched in the Beatitudes.
The Beatitudes is God’s promise of happiness to us.
According to St. Thomas, most people relate happiness to pleasures and satisfaction of desires. It can also be success and interpersonal relations. However, Christ claims that detachment from worldly possessions, meekness, compassion, thirst for justice, merciful forgiveness, purity of heart, and working for peace bring us true happiness. This kind of life will not be easy. This is why Catholics are being persecuted, but it is the life of faith, hope and love of the disciples of Christ.
In my next posts, I will discuss each Beatitude in further detail. Let us all walk towards the real happiness that Jesus Christ has promised us.
1st Beatitude: How blessed are the poor in spirit: the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
2nd Beatitude: Blessed are the gentle: they shall have the earth as inheritance.
3rd Beatitude: Blessed are those who mourn: they shall be comforted.
4th Beatitude: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for uprightness: they shall have their fill.
5th Beatitude: Blessed are the merciful: they shall have mercy shown them.
6th Beatitude: Blessed are the pure in heart: they shall see God.
7th Beatitude: Blessed are the peacemakers: they shall be recognized as children of God.
8th Beatitude: BLessed are those who are persecuted in the cause of uprightness: the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
Kristine G. Veneracion
Sources: 1 Cor 1:20, Jn 15:12, CCC 1717, CCC 1972, CFC 820-823, CFC 855, Mt. 5:3-10