August 15, 2022     6:59 am
310. Week of Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity - Monday
Blessed are they that mourn
          Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted.   Mathew 5:4
          True Christians, God's children, mourn here on earth. Why is this so? Their sin causes them to grieve and mourn. They are no longer carnal-minded men that play with sin. They are born again by the Spirit of God and earnestly desire to serve God with a pure heart and with good works that are pleasing in His sight; and it grieves them that sin still dwells within them and spiritually paralyses them. Read the lamentation of St. Paul in Rom. 7:14-24, where he finally exclaims: "O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" The sin of others grieves them too, and they mourn because of it. What sad things they must see and experience! How the world runs to destruction! How many fall from faith! Nor are Christians exempt from this earth's misery which affects all mankind. And besides this, the hatred of the devil and of the wicked world is especially directed against them. Also, they must crucify their own flesh, which causes pain, indeed. And in addition to all this, they experience the chastisement of God, which smarts, even though it is gracious and wholesome. Yes, indeed, true Christians and children of God mourn here on earth. But they are blessed. For, being the children of God, they shall be comforted. They shall be comforted always, even here on earth. God Himself comforts them through His Word and Holy Spirit. God speaks words of tender love to their hearts, telling them that He loves them; that all their sins have been fully forgiven for Christ's sake; that He desires them to remain His dear children, though world, sin, and hell combine against them; that He will cause all, yes, all things to work together for good to them. Then the light of heavenly comfort shines bright within them. And in the blessed life to come this light of comfort will utterly and completely dispel all the darkness of sorrow. "Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted."
          PRAYER: - Come, Lord Jesus, and do to me according to Your Word! Let me bear the sorrow of the children of God, but also give to me the comfort which You have promised them that are Yours. And after this life let me graciously enjoy the fullness of comfort in the mansions of eternal bliss. Amen

Third Part : The Christian's Life and Death
August 15, 2022     6:59 am