Jun 8, 2020 – 10th Week of Ordinary Time

“Going beyond materialistic tendencies and becoming a person of being truly Blessed!”

(Based on 1 Kings 17:1-6 and Mt 5:1-12 – Monday of the 10th Week of Ordinary Time)

There is an eating disorder named ‘Pica’.

Pica is the craving to eat what is not edible.
It is characterized by an appetite for substances that are non-nutritive such as paper, clay, metal, chalk, soil, glass, sand etc.

There are different variations of pica, as it can be from a cultural tradition, acquired taste, or a neurological mechanism such as an iron deficiency or a chemical imbalance.

‘Pica’ can lead to intoxication in children, which can result in an impairment in both physical and mental development.

Now in the spiritual realm, many of us could be affected by a ‘Spiritual Pica’.

A Spiritual Pica would refer to a craving to enjoy what is non-spiritual.
A Spiritual Pica would mean a strong desire to enjoy what is unholy.

The Gospel of the Day presents Jesus giving an antidote to this tendency by presenting the Beatitudes.

The Beatitudes are a beautiful proclamation and an exhortation…
… to set one’s hearts on the higher and nobler things of life
… to be delighting in the true and heavenly aspects in life.

Jesus, the Teacher went up the mountain, and after He had sat down, began to teach (Mt 5: 1-2)

When we go through the list of the Beatitudes, one of the standout aspects that we notice is the ‘tone’ and the ‘mood’ that is expressed by Jesus…

There is a lot of joy that is expressed…
There is a lot of peace that is radiated…

When seen from a worldly perspective, the Beatitudes present a grim and gloomy picture…

They speak of…

People who are poor… people who are mourning…
People who are too modest… people who are in want…
People who are merciful…people who are clean at heart…
People who are peacemakers…people who are persecuted…

From the worldly eyes, these are not people who are “great” or “happening” or “cool”

Instead, they are usually categories of people who are put down or who rarely come to the limelight or those who considered weak and fragile.

But, the Lord reverses this notion, and places these sections of persons in the category of being Blessed!

What is the reason?

Blessedness for the Lord is an attribute that is solely associated with God and dependence on Him
Blessedness for the Lord is a virtue that is directly a result of one’s faith in the Lord and reliance on His providence.

This is the greatness and paradox in Christian Life.

One is invited to live a life of immense happiness and joy…
…but the result is not an achievement of one’s own merit, but is a fruit of one’s dependence and trust in the Lord.

One is encouraged to enjoy a life of peace and delight…
… but the outcome is a not an accomplishment proceeding from sheer hard-work or personal efforts, but is a grace obtained because of one’s faith, love and commitment to the Lord.

However, many of us, fail to look upwards and gaze higher…
… instead our aims remain sometimes peripheral and stuck to being worldly.

We get afflicted by a ‘Spiritual Pica’….
… craving to enjoy what is non-spiritual.
… a strong desire to enjoy what is unholy.

The Lord today challenges and invites us to go beyond such materialistic tendencies and instead become a person of being truly Blessed!

Let the example of Elijah, the Prophet be an inspiration for us.

He listened to the Word of the Lord…
… and was “blessed” by the Lord – being fed by ravens, in the time of drought:
“And the ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook.” (1 Kings 17:6)

God Bless! Live Jesus!

Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice!”

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