Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu
21 Apr 2018
Capsule for the Day
The beauty of the Beatitudes is each of them ends with a promise or a reward. "Happy are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven". Again, the poor aren't those who are literally poor. For material poverty is an injustice to humanity. But the poor as earlier defined are those who give up their own will and like Christ give in to the will of the Father.
Let's apply a bit of logic here. Premise 1 "where the King dwells, there is his kingdom". Premise 2 "the King dwells and reigns where His will is done". Premise 3 "therefore, the King dwells and reigns in the poor in spirit. For they have given up their own will and chosen the Will of the King". And the Will of the King is that they should be happy forever.
Thus, the reward for being poor in spirit is "the Kingdom of Heaven". Luke's Gospel has it as the Kingdom of God. Nevertheless, the point is that when we, like Christ, surrender to the Will of the Father, the Father reigns in us. He reigns in us like He reigned in His Son. So, to possess the happiness of the Kingdom, we all have to surrender to the Will of the Father.
Fr. Francis Afu