Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Ordinary 23 Wednesday

In a Peanuts cartoon, Charlie Brown asks Lucy: "What is happiness?" Lucy replies: "Happiness is a convertible and a lake." She explains that if the sun is shining, you can drive your convertible through the countryside. And if rains, you can put the top up on your convertible, drive to your lake, and watch it fill with water.

As Charlie Brown scratches his head, Snoopy gives him a big kiss. Which leaves the answer to Charlie Brown’s question up to us: Will we seek happiness with a convertible and a lake? Or does the real answer have something to do with love?

Everybody wants to be happy. Indeed, God created us with a deep-seated desire for happiness. The problem is, too often we look for happiness in the wrong place. Like Lucy, many look for happiness through the things of this world. But they ultimately fail to find what they’re looking for..

Today’s Scripture tells us where lasting happiness may be found. "Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose hope is the Lord," proclaimed the prophet Jeremiah. Our psalm announced: "Blessed the (one) who delights in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night." In the gospel, Jesus explains in the Beatitudes that those who accept their need for God, who acknowledge their dependence on God, and who seek to do his will, regardless of the cost will be truly blessed, or happy.

The will find comfort and satisfaction; they will rejoice and leap for joy; they will inherit the kingdom of God; and their reward will be great in heaven.

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