Prayer of the Day

Daily Prayer

February 27th, 2014
"“How happy are the poor in spirit; theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”" R / Psalm 48

Jesus’ beatitudes confront us with decisive choices concerning the life we pursue here on earth and the use we make of the goods he puts at our disposal. The beatitudes which Jesus offers us are a sign of contradiction to the world’s understanding of happiness and joy.  How can one possibly find happiness in poverty, hunger, mourning, and persecution?  Poverty of spirit finds ample room and joy in possessing God as the greatest treasure possible.  Hunger of the spirit seeks nourishment and strength in God’s word and Spirit.  God reveals to the humble of heart the true source of abundant life and happiness.  Jesus promises his disciples that the joys of heaven will more than compensate for the troubles and hardships they can expect in this world.

Prayer "Lord, increase my hunger for you and show me the way that leads to everlasting peace and happiness. May I desire you above all else and find perfect joy in doing your will." Amen