Blessed are they who mourn

An excerpt from the Gospel for today Mass on the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time has comforting words for those suffering the loss of a loved one:

Matthew 5:4:”Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

We are reminded in Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians:

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14: “We do not want you to be unaware, brothers, about those who have fallen asleep, so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God, through Jesus, bring with him those who have fallen asleep.”

(Via USCCB.)

We who have lost loved ones to death are to not be sorrowful like those who have no hope in the afterlife. We shall be comforted, either by our hopeful reunion with them in Heaven, our by our realization that they are not really separated from us forever. They are still a part of our lives, for death only separates them from us by time. Time passes, and just as those who have gone on before us have travelled through the passage of death into the afterlife, we shall hopefully follow.

We yearn for them. We miss them. We long to be with them. Let this yearning be a way to burn away here on Earth the sinful tendencies of our lives which only increases our separation from them, and from God.

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3 Comments

  1. Dymphna says:

    You know, I never took this passage literally, oddly enough. I always thought it had to do with mourning for injustice. Shows I grew up in the 70’s! 😉 Our priest today talked about mourning for those who are not living as they should.

  2. paulcoholic says:

    I suppose you can take mourning any one of a number of ways, including injustice and such. I preferred to take it literally. Nothing wrong with looking at a passage from Scripture and seeing it from all angles, literal or symbolic. It is also why I have several different Catholic translations, it helps to look at a passage from the different POV of the translators.

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