Presentation Ministries
View Cart  ·  Make a Donation  ·  About PM  ·  Contact Us   
Search: PM Catholic Sites   
 Home 
One Bread
One Body
Daily Bread
Radio
Small Christian
Communities
Publications
Audio & Video
Catalog
Retreats
Bible
Institute
Guadalupe
Bible College
 Prayer 
Room

One Bread, One Body

Language: English | Español

All Issues > Volume 18, Issue 2


<< Sunday, February 3, 2002 >> 4th Sunday Ordinary Time
 
Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13
1 Corinthians 1:26-31

View Readings
Psalm 146
Matthew 5:1-12

Similar Reflections
 

HOW TO BE BLESSED

 
"How blest are..." —Matthew 5:3
 

God our Father wants to bless us His children constantly, and He wants us to be a blessing (see Gn 12:2-3). "Blessing" is not a generic term for any kind of happiness. A blessing is a specific work of God. It means God speaking and thereby creating. For example, "God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light" (Gn 1:3).

To receive God's blessings, His "word-creations," we need to make eight decisions. We  must choose:

  1. voluntary poverty (see Mt 5:3), that is, to live below our means in some way,
  2. sorrow for sin (see Mt 5:4),
  3. lowliness, humility, the strength of meekness (see Mt 5:5; see also Zep 3:12; 1 Cor 1:28; Mt 11:29),
  4. a transformation of our desires so as to hunger and thirst for righteousness (see Mt 5:6),
  5. mercy — both to give it and receive it (see Mt 5:7),
  6. total, single-hearted, pure commitment to the Lord (see Mt 5:8),
  7. peacemaking (see Mt 5:9), even at the cost of suffering (see Col 1:20), and
  8. redemptive suffering by being persecuted (see Mt 5:10) in the pattern of Jesus' death (Phil 3:10).

A life of blessing is being handed to us. To reach out and take it, we must choose to take up daily the cross of Jesus (see Lk 9:23). Choose to be blessed.

 
Prayer: Father, bless me "real good."
Promise: "He has made Him our Wisdom and also our Justice, our Sanctification, and our Redemption." —1 Cor 1:30
Praise: Praise Abba, Who raised Jesus from the dead! Praise God from Whom all blessings flow.
 
(For related teaching, order our leaflet, The Beatitudes.)
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, August 18, 2001
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 25, 2001
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
Volume 18, Issue 2
  > Today's Reflection
  · List of Reflections
  · Letter to Readers
  · Top 100 Scriptures
  · XML / RSS Feed
 
Subscription Requests
  · Subscribe, change, renew or cancel subscription
  · Sign-up for OBOB daily e-mail
 
Share OBOB
  · Send a sample issue to a friend
  · Order a box of OBOB for your group
  · E-mail a sample OBOB teaching to a friend

 

 

 
Home   ·   One Bread
One Body
  ·   Daily Bread
Radio
  ·   Small Christian
Communities
  ·   Publications   ·   Audio & Video
Catalog
  ·   Retreats   ·   Bible
Institute
  ·   Guadalupe
Bible College
  ·   Prayer
Room
 

Copyright © 2016 Presentation Ministries.
 
Make a Donation · About PM · Contact Us · Link To Us · Privacy Policy