I could imagine from the Gospel where Jesus gave the Beatitudes. He was on level ground and “levels” himself to His thousands of listeners who had assembled just to hear his teachings. These men and women left their homes, jobs, work, worries and opportunities behind. They had come from far places and troubled themselves just to hear Him and be helped by Him.
With the campaigns having officially kicked off, similar gatherings are taking place on the plain. Unlike the gathering in the Gospel, the politicians and their supporters organize it to win the hearts of people to choose them. Politicians are at their best foot again uttering promises no one knows could be fulfilled. Jesus, in the Gospel, was “moved with pity” for the crowd. It was a genuine concern displayed by the Good Shepherd towards his sheep. Jesus does not rejoice nor takes advantage of their poverty. He lets them see and empowers them in their poverty by recognizing the blessedness and the strength that comes from their active reliance on Divine Providence. Our politicians and those seeking office have much to learn from our Lord.
May we have the eyes to appreciate our own blessedness and giftedness despite the seeming lack or material deprivation in our lives. Each day is an opportunity to live out the beatitudes. If those running for public office will not just talk plainly but couple these promises with concrete actions addressing the people’s plight, the change we aspire could indeed happen. Let us translate our hope by choosing wisely leaders that learn from and have the heart of Jesus.
By: Sem. Peter Collin C. Crisostomo
Lk 6:17, 20-26
Jesus came down with the Twelve
and stood on a stretch of level ground
with a great crowd of his disciples
and a large number of the people
from all Judea and Jerusalem
and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon.
And raising his eyes toward his disciples he said:
“Blessed are you who are poor,
for the kingdom of God is yours.
Blessed are you who are now hungry,
for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who are now weeping,
for you will laugh.
Blessed are you when people hate you,
and when they exclude and insult you,
and denounce your name as evil
on account of the Son of Man.
Rejoice and leap for joy on that day!
Behold, your reward will be great in heaven.
For their ancestors treated the prophets in the same way.
But woe to you who are rich,
for you have received your consolation.
Woe to you who are filled now,
for you will be hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now,
for you will grieve and weep.
Woe to you when all speak well of you,
for their ancestors treated the false prophets in this way.”