By Fr. Richard Kennedy, MSC
Thanks to the four Gospel writers, we are able to visualize Jesus healing sick people and comforting people who were troubled. We hear some of the words of Jesus as He brought the Good News of Salvation to his listeners. If we want to begin to understand the person of Jesus, we need to look at what Jesus did and what He said and apply it to ourselves.
All of this spiritual insight is based on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapters 5, 6, and 7.
As we continue our Lenten journey, we take all of these things to heart as we try to strengthen our relationship with our God, as we continue to work to reform our faults and failings, and as we continue to be good disciples of Jesus through our daily living.
The daily news on TV, in the social media, and in the newspapers is sometimes very disheartening. It seems that evil in the world is triumphing over good. At the same time we need to look for and appreciate those people in the news who are practicing brotherhood and sisterhood. We need to appreciate those people who are “going beyond the call of duty” and are reaching out to people in need. And we need to find ourselves in this group of people who are living Gospel values and are witnessing to the triumph of Jesus over sin and death. As Christians we are called to be spiritual optimists in our world where there is so much pessimism. Jesus meant it when He said that we are the light of the world and the salt of the earth.