When Jesus came on the scene in Galilee, he announced the coming of God’s kingdom and called people to repent and believe the good news.
He declared that his Father was working through him to set things right in the world. He healed the sick, cast out demons, fed the hungry, and forgave sinners. To ensure the advance of the kingdom, he called men and women as disciples who would continue his work.
In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught them a new way of living. And he began his sermon with the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-10) as a picture of what a disciple’s life should be like. As Jesus’ disciples today, we too are called to pattern our lives on these very same Beatitudes.
One practical way we can take up the Beatitudes is by following the example of someone who lived them deeply. Any saint could do it for us, but I find that St. John Bosco (1815–1888) is a particularly good…
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