From The Pastor's Desk

Dear St. Jude Family,

Blessing of peace!

This 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Gospel speaks of the Beatitudes, which is part of the  Sermon on the Mount. The evangelist Matthew portrayed Jesus as the new Moses. As Jesus went up the mountain, we recalled what Moses did on Mount Sinai when he received the Ten Commandments. He presented Jesus as a rabbi with authority to preach and to teach.

The beatitudes begin with the word "blessed". To be blessed means in common knowledge to be happy. It is a characteristic of a person who has accomplished or achieved what he has aspired for. But for Matthew, blessedness is to be like God – being poor, meek, righteous, merciful, persecuted. The beatitudes tell us the exigencies of a truly Christian life. They help us realize that Christian life is not just a matter of avoiding sin, but it also entails growth in the virtues based on Christ’s teachings.

Indeed, we are all blessed because God in His grace and goodness chooses to be on our side. God stands by us, and we continue to trust and to turn to God amidst our difficulties and problems in life. Let us look up to and live for God. As we go through this week, let us ask ourselves – What virtue should I try to improve on right now?

Praying for you all,

Fr. Pao