A gospel thought for concerned parents and grandparents
This resource is an exciting addition to existing parish catechetical programmes, children’s liturgy follow-ups or as supplementary to the Sunday Bulletin.
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Matt. 5: 1-12
Jesus really say that it’s better to be poor, better to be mourning,
better to be meek and gentle? Let’s try to open ourselves to what we can
do. Let’s try to be “pure of heart” and focus on what’s really
important: accepting God’s love and mercy and extending these attitudes to
others – and to ourselves.
Beatitudes make us all think. To live in the spirit of Jesus is not easy. He
tells us to examine eight areas of our lives. Here we’ll examine just one of
these beatitudes. It relates to how we parent our children or how we relate to
anyone we might have power over. Jesus said: Be merciful. The text reads,
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.” What does it mean
for a parent to be merciful?
dictionary says that to be merciful is “to refrain from using your power over
another” or “show kindness in excess” or “be forgiving and
compassionate.” Does the
opportunity for this kind of response ever occur in our role as parents?
can exert a lot of power over children. They have the power that comes from
experience, from often being physically larger, from having control of the
family financial resources. But using power over others is not always helpful,
especially over children. It can cause fear and create distance between us.
children are to learn how to be merciful and kind, they will most likely learn
it first and best from their parents.
Bethany Family Institute
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