I was so inspired by the homily today at St. Joseph Church. It was about the Beatitudes. The priest who gave the homily was an Indian priest who was good in speaking Filipino although he still had an Indian accent. The gospel was about the Beatitudes

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.

6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 
12 "Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."
Mathew 5: 3-12

What made me inspired the most was when he reminded the congregation where "Heaven" is. He told a story about a  priest who asked his students if he could go to heaven. The story was quite ironic and funny. This was the story he told.

The people laughed. I laughed to because he was right. As a person raised in a private sectarian school, I was taught indirectly to believe that we should die to be able to go to heaven. But then as I grew older, I realized from a teaching of a certain adviser named Fr. Xavier Olin that Heaven is within us. The priest during today's homily reminded me that and it made me really happy. To be NOT dead, Alive in flesh and be in heaven is heaven in itself.

The priest also mentioned Mahatma Ghandi. He said that the great historian was a reader of the Bible and said that if only we follow the Beatitudes we would be experience heaven. I agree because when I read the passage again, the Beatitudes can really relate to everything in this world. Let's try to read it again together in this video. This is the first Liturgical Presentation I made for this blog.

I am a Christian but I rarely think of it. I go to Church every Sunday. I try to be good everyday but I fail most of the time. It was nice to be reminded of how to live a good life today.

Before I end my post, let me share with you a status message from Facebook by my friend, Anty Sissy Baybay "Forgiveness is not forgetting. In forgiving, we heal our memories". This is something I would like to ponder on as well.

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