Today is Monday the 9th of June in the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time.

Nóirín Ní Riain, with the monks of Glenstal Abbey, sings the Beatitudes.

Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Matthew.

Today’s reading is well known as ‘the Beatitudes’, and it is considered by many to be a model, or a blueprint, for the Christian life.  Just spend a moment reflecting on how much the people Jesus called ‘blessed’ would be considered blessed in our world today.  Would we think of the poor, the meek, the merciful, the peacemakers and those who are unjustly persecuted as blessed?

Now consider a world populated by people who really strive for peace; people who are passionate about justice and right, people who are pure, meek and merciful.  Can you imagine what such a world would be like?

Listen again to the reading and fix on one or two of the phrases that mean most to you.

Whatever were the virtues, or qualities, or traits that meant most to you, speak to God now. In your own words ask God for these qualities for yourself.