Lesson 2 : “Blessed are those who mourn.” Happy to be sad?

What is so good about mourning?    Why did Jesus tell us that we should be happy when we cry?  That does not make any sense, right?   This life is full of suffering, and despair.  Everyday there is something that happens  that disappoints us, angers us, and depresses us.  No one is exempt.  There is always something “wrong” in our lives.  There are wars, crimes, diseases, natural disasters, hatred, discrimination, divorce, and envy, to mention a few.  Why all the suffering?  And the more financially challenged we are, the more challenging our lives tend to be.  The lower the social economic status, the more stress we tend to have.  Or do we?  Jesus said “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”  So, if we don’t mourn, are we really in trouble?  Jesus later said that the rich people already have their reward.   He may have been talking about the temporary, immediate reward that the material blessings bring.  The true  blessing is the one that comes after we have suffered poverty.  Should we just give up all of our money to be happy?   Not exactly, but we should not love our money as we should love people.  But if we suffer and cry, Jesus said we will be comforted.  We will not be abandoned.  There is a light at the end of the tunnel.   I understand this to mean that, when we face difficult times in life, which they will always come, give thanks to God and trust that we will be comforted.  We may cry and mourn, but we may not curse and demand, because that is not what God wants us to do to experience the Kingdom of Heaven.  And also, if you think about it,  suffering actually proves that something wrong is happening, and if we can identify the “wrong”, then that means there must be a “good” .  I would not recognize darkness if I was not aware of the existence of light.  So, in other words, be happy that you can recognize suffering, because it means there is always a better alternative that can replace it.  We will be comforted.  So, in summary, to continue to experience the Kingdom of Heaven,  accept the suffering, don’t curse and demand, but be content with the suffering, and continue living.  Blessing will follow.

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About Noel

I am a person who has realized that the teachings of Jesus are centralized in the genuine care and service of others. I have evolved from fundamentalism to a moderate spiritual approach. I am a reflecting person who has grown to not fear doubt but to embrace it as a means to growth and increasing closeness to God. View all posts by Noel

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