1 Kings 17:1-6; Psalm 121; Matthew 5:1-12
The Gospel today begins the Sermon on the Mount. Matthew tells us: When Jesus saw the crowds he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. This shows what a disciple of Jesus does: they follow Jesus up a mountain and come to him. Jesus, as the Son of Man goes up the mountain and people were not afraid to follow him. This reminds us of what Hebrews 4:16 tells us Let us go therefore with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace in time of need. There is no need to be afraid when we come to Jesus. Jesus says this in the Beatitudes. He calls the poor in spirit, those who have nothing to boast before God, those who have nothing to bring before God, except their brokenness, their sadness, their weakness to come so God can give them his kingdom. He calls those who mourn to come so God can comfort them. He calls those who are meek to inherit the earth. This meekness does not mean we are to be doormats to people who will abuse us. This meekness refers to God, it means we allow God to do to us as he wants. When we do this, then we will inherit the earth. He calls those who hunger and thirst for righteousness to come so he can fill them.
These first four beatitudes show God is the only One who can satisfy what we long for. God is the only One who can help us. This is what the Psalm today reminds us: Our help is from the Lord who made heaven and earth. When we allow God to help us, we will not fall because God does not sleep, he protects you from harm and from evil. The First Reading tells us God provided for the needs of Elijah even in the midst of drought. There was no rain so there was no harvest. Israel was suffering from the drought.
Yet God told his prophet Elijah to go to a place and he sent ravens to feed Elijah. The ravens brought bread and meat in the morning and evening.
When we trust God, we are assured of his protection and providence. How do I trust God? The Gospel today shows us how. We come to Jesus. Many think they need to fix their lives, or do something great, or give a large amount to the Church before they can come to God. As we can see in the Gospel, the disciples of Jesus came to him. They brought nothing when they came to him. They did nothing, except to climb up the mountain to come to him.
This is all God asks of us: come as you are. This is what it means to be poor in spirit, to come without anything to boast, not good works, not your faith, not your knowledge of God, not the amount you give to Church. Come as you are, in all your brokenness so God can heal you, in all your sorrow so God can comfort you, in all your suffering so God can give you peace, in all your sins, so God can forgive you, in all your neglect of him, so God can welcome you, in all your ignorance of him, so God can reveal himself to you, in all your failures, so God can lead you to victory and new life.
You may ask, is it that simple? Yes, come to God as you are, and allow God to work in your life, because Jesus says, Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are you when you bend your will, your heart and your mind to God, then you will find God himself, who is our inheritance.
Lord, I come to you as I am, in all my brokenness, my sorrow, my suffering, my sins, my neglect of you, my ignorance of you, my failures. I come without anything to boast so you can work in me, transform me and lead me to the life you have planned for me. Help me to be meek to you, to allow you to work in me, so I may see you as you are.