“Their recompense is with the Lord”
Given the moralizing environment that surrounds
us in Church,
this may be difficult to grasp, but I shall
In our journey towards God
there are two roads that open up.
One is the road to consistency, the other
the road to compassion.
First road of those who are coherent, unswerving…
They are those who try and struggle and work
and perhaps make it somehow to live a good
They manage to be altruistic, generous, pure,
There is only one setback here
- and it is quite serious in Christianity.
Those who succeed, tend to feel superior
to those who do not,
they yield easily to accuse and judge those
who are weaker.
Their line of reasoning is
- if we managed to be good, why can’t they?
- perchance they did not try enough?
A good number of Christians take this road
It looks attractive
- it builds up our pride,
- it nourishes our ego.
One BIG caveat however.
In their heart, those who take this road
kill the weak brother.
It has killed Jesus Christ!
The other road is more humble and unassuming.
It is the road of those (like me) who do
try hard but never manage to succeed
Every day they have to eat the bitter bread
of their sin,
almost despite themselves.
They are not able to overcome temptation.
Hardly ever, anyway.
But instead of getting disheartened,
they look up and there they see Jesus interceding
for them in Heaven,
they look within themselves and they see
Jesus living in them,
they look back and there they see Jesus dying
they look in front and they see Jesus coming
And so they taste the joy reserved for the
The joy of the little ones of the Gospel.
Their beatitudes run something like this…
Happy are those who laugh at themselves
because they will laugh all their lives;
Happy are those who can make a difference
between a mountain and a heap of stones
because they are freed from useless worry;
Happy are those who know how to relax without
because they become wise;
Happy are those who know how to shut their
mouth and listen
because they learn many new things;
Happy are those whose mind is well enough
not to take themselves too seriously,
because others will start loving them.
Happy are those who think before they do
and pray before they think,
because they avoid a lot of trouble.
Happy are we if we learn to look seriously
at the small things
and calmly at the big things,
because we advance a great deal in life.
Happy are we if we learn to appreciate a
and forget an ugly face,
because our road will brighter.
Happy are we if we learn to keep silent and
when others trample on us and contradict
us just for nothing,
because the Gospel will start entering our
Happy are we if we learn to think well of
even when everything seems to indicate the
It’s true, they will call us idiots,
but charity is bought at such a price.
Happy are we when we recognize our Lord Jesus
in all those
we meet, even in the poor, the unpleasant,
the enemy, the arrogant…
we will have truly found the wisdom of God
Yes, this is the joy of the little ones of
Lord, give me this joy…
“The words of Shimei’s curse [to King David]
‘Off with you, off with you,
man of blood!
Yahweh has paid you back for all the
of the House of Saul, whose sovereignty
and Yahweh has transferred the sovereign
power to Absalom your son…’
Abishai son of Zeruiah said to the
‘Why should this dead dog curse my
Let me go over and cut his head off.’
But the king replied,
‘What concern is my business to you,
Let him curse!
If Yahweh has said to him,
what right has anyone to say
‘Why have you done so?
Let him curse on, if Yahweh has told
will look on my wretchedness
and will repay me with good for his curses
(2 Samuel 16, 7-12)
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