“Blessed are those who mourn they shall be comforted.” -Mt. 5:5
The feeling of loneliness, insecurity and helplessness came to me again as I think of what my career path would be. Could this be the quarter life crisis that people kept talking about? Maybe. I shared my thoughts and feelings to my friends (while crying buckets of tears) earlier when we met in church. They listened well and sympathized with me. Most of all, they supported me and prayed for me before we went home. Their love and sincerity eased my heartache.
Unfortunately, that was not the kind of mourning that makes us blessed. However, it clearly illustrates that pain could be healed with love and hope.
In Pope Benedict XVI’s first book, Jesus of Nazareth, he explains that the kind of mourning expressed in The Beatitudes is when people feel sadness about the evil in the world. This is the kind of mourning that heals because it teaches us to hope and to love again. It is the first step to conversion.
This, however, does not mean that God wants us to be sad everyday and be miserable while observing the works of evil around us. Losing hope and faith is the fruit of evil itself.
Pope Francis reminded us during his sermon last Palm Sunday that the hope from Jesus brings joy. He explained that Jesus lowered Himself to walk with us as our friend, our brother, and our King. Thus, we cannot be sad.
The Pope continued, “Ours is not a joy born of having many possessions, but from having encountered a Person: Jesus, in our midst; it is born from knowing that with him we are never alone, even at difficult moments, even when our life’s journey comes up against problems and obstacles that seem insurmountable, and there are so many of them!”
The Pope talked about resisting evil, “Do not listen to him (evil)! Let us follow Jesus! Do not let hope be stolen – the hope that Jesus gives. Jesus on the cross feels the whole weight of evil. And, with the force of God’s love, He conquered it. He defeats it with His resurrection. The cross that Jesus embraced with love never leads to sadness, but joy. It is the joy of being saved.”
Truly, love can conquer evil.
In this Holy Week, let us mourn for all the evil doings in the world and repent for our sins. Then, we shall find hope and joy. And on Easter Sunday, we shall once again celebrate Christ’s victory.
Kristine G. Veneracion
P.S. Read more about The Beatitudes here: http://wp.me/p37785-1t.
Ratzinger, Joseph (2007-05-15). Jesus of Nazareth (p. 86). Random House, Inc.. Kindle Edition.