In his autobiography, Father Peyton wrote about his experience of being lifted from a life of poverty to being cast down when diagnosed with tuberculosis. It was his deep spirituality that lifted him up and carried him through.
In today’s reading, Jesus tells the disciples that blessed are the poor, the hungry, the weeping, and the excluded. He was trying to lift up the disciples, who had left everything to follow him, and encourage them when they were cast down. His encouraging message is also meant for us today.
With your family, talk about how earthly rewards and comforts could distract us from God.
Please pray with me that our spiritual poverty will lead us to depend on God who has assured us the eternal reward.
About Father Jilson Tom, C.S.C.
Father Jilson Tom, C.S.C. is from the Northeast India Province of Holy Cross. A native of Kerala, Father Jilson has been serving in a parish and school ministry since his ordination twelve years ago. He joins the Family Rosary team as an Assistant, while he works to study Pastoral Counseling in the Boston area. With a personal devotion to Mother Mary, Father Jilson is thrilled to be working to enhance family prayer through the Rosary. And if you ever need a listening ear or want to play a board game, Father Jilson’s your guy!