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dc.contributor.authorWhitney, Tamoraen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 359en_US
dc.description.abstractThe first reading and the psalm say that God will take care of his faithful, but in our experience, that often does not seem true. And in Jesus' time it certainly did not seem true. People were often persecuted for their religion. They still are. So how can these two seemingly different things both be true? The Lord told Elijah that he should go east and he would be taken care of, and he was. In the psalm we are told, "Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. The Lord will guard you from all evil; he will guard your life. The Lord will guard your coming and your going, both now and forever." But that doesn't always seem true. There are many good and devout people who have a very tough time. Why is God not taking care of them? And why are so many bad people not just getting by, but really flourishing?||In the Gospel, Jesus explains this disparity. He says that the people who now seem to have it the worst will get their reward in heaven. Those who are insulted and persecuted, but who stay true to their faith, though they suffer now, their reward in heaven will be great. The attributes that God rewards are not necessarily the ones that bring material success here on earth. Those who are humble, poor in spirit, will never have a kingdom on earth, but theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Those who mourn here will have their comforted in the next world. This world is not the end; it's just the beginning. Even though we have disappointments here and everyone mourns at some point, these things are only earthly and they do not last. The comfort of heaven is for eternity. Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness don't always get it here. There is speculation that nearly 5% of death row inmates are actually innocent. Many of those innocent people will die for crimes they did not commit. Justice doesn't always happen here, but God's justice is supreme and unerring. People who fight for righteousness here sometimes suffer for their convictions. People often suffer for their religions. People suffer for Jesus' sake. And that doesn't always seem right or fair.|But often the people who are successful in this world do it at the cost of morals and ethics and justice. They do not uphold righteousness, but they have the material and popular success in this world. But that may be the best they will get. They were concerned with the world, and they have the riches of this world. But those who put God first, even though they suffer for it here, will have a greater reward in heaven -- where it really counts.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Monday, June 10, 2002: 10th week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Arts and Sciencesen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorWhitney, Tamoraen_US Timeen_US 10en_US
dc.subject.local11 Kings 17:1-6en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 121:1bc-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 5:1-12en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US IIen_US

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