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Purpose of life

Thứ hai - 06/06/2016 03:05
Thomas Aquinas said: No one can live without joy. That is why a person deprived of spiritual joy goes after carnal pleasures.
PURPOSE OF LIFE
 
Thomas Aquinas said: No one can live without joy. That is why a person deprived of spiritual joy goes after carnal pleasures.  
 
Deacon John Ruscheinsky
 
What is the good life, and the ultimate end or purpose of life? Is it not happiness, which is none other than the complete good, the sum of all goods, leaving nothing more to be desired? Jesus addresses this question in his Sermon on the Mount. The word beatitude literally means happiness or blessedness. What is the significance of Jesus' beatitudes, and why are they so central to His teaching? The beatitudes respond to the natural desire for happiness that God has placed in every heart. They teach us the final end to which God calls us, namely the coming of God's Kingdom (Matt. 4:17), the vision of God, entering into the joy of the Lord (Matt. 25:21-23) and into his rest. Jesus' beatitudes also confront us with decisive choices concerning the life we pursue here on earth and the use we make of the goods he puts at our disposal. God alone satisfies. We need to seek the highest good, the total good, which is above all else!
 
No matter what we are called to in life, no matter how challenging our situation may be, we must have trust in God. To be "poor in spirit" means to rely completely on God as did Elijah, the prophet with great joy. The beatitudes, which Jesus offers us, are a sign of contradiction to the world's understanding of happiness and joy. How can one possibly find happiness in poverty, hunger, mourning, and persecution? Poverty of spirit finds ample room and joy in possessing God as the greatest treasure possible.
 
Points to Pray and Ponder: Thomas Aquinas said: No one can live without joy. That is why a person deprived of spiritual joy goes after carnal pleasures. Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth (Ps 121). May we hunger and thirst for God alone!
 
 
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