In his letter to the Romans, St Paul reminds us: “I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39) In these difficult days, I imagine that, were St. Paul to pen a letter to us San Franciscans, he might say: “Neither COVID19, nor pandemic, nor social discord, nor political strife, nor the burdens of daily living, nor any other trial or travail can separate us from the love and presence of Christ in our hearts and lives.” Here at St. Dominic’s we are connected to Christ in order that we might radiate the Joy of the Gospel in the Heart of the City!
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January 29, 2023: Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Pastor’s Corner
Happiness. We all want it. How do we get it? Classically there are four contenders as the primary source of happiness, and I like to use an alliteration a mnemonic device. I call them the “4 P’s”: possessions, pleasure, power and prestige. In their own way, each of these “P’s” proposes a path to the pursuit of happiness. Certainly, they are all good things. In fact, it is precisely because they are aspects of the goodness of God’s creation that they are attractive as sources of bliss.
Possessions promise the happiness of created things. Striving to secure wealth and setting goals for “financial freedom” are seen as laudable goals. The happiness that pleasure brings is evident to us from an early age. Just ask any child what they want to do in a moment of leisure and it is often centered on the pleasures of entertainment, treats and recreation. Power promises control. To be in control and to have our free will be the deciding factor in shaping the reality of the situation is, for many, the central focus of ambition. Prestige is the ultimate yearning of the human spirit. To desire the affirmation that comes when one is loved for their successes finds its fullest expression in generational recognition. For example, as the 49ers continue their advance to the Super Bowl (Sorry Cowboy fans!), consider the extreme competitive spirit of the players. Winning the game and hosting the trophy, promises not only satisfaction of athletic accomplishment but is enshrined in the annuls of sport as a moment of prestige for the victors. Each of these P’s naturally promise a certainly quality of happiness and, without them, the goodness of life is diminished.
It is surprising, then, when Jesus subverts these sources of happiness in the Gospel this weekend. In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus articulates the eight “Beatitudes” which provide an alternative to the usually sources of human happiness. (Note that the word Jesus uses which is often translated as “blessed” can also refer to what we normally name as “happy”). First, Jesus begins with possessions. “Blessed are you who are poor in Spirit, for the kingdom of God is yours.” A familiar theme for Jesus is the fact that possessions can choke off the recognition of our need for God. When one is full with the possession of creation, it is natural to become indifferent to the need for connection with the creator.
Second, Jesus takes aim at power. “Blessed are they who are meek, mourn and show mercy.” Each of these beatitudes accentuates the fact that we are not in control of our lives. Our free will cannot extend our life one second past the will of the Creator. The pursuit of total power and control of our life will always come up short. When we hitch our happiness to power, the grief of frustration its bitter fruit.
Third, Jesus addresses pleasure. “Blessed are the pure in heart” and “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness.” Pleasure has diminishing returns. The power of fasting is rooted in the truth that we tend to thrive when we refrain from seeking pleasures in order to connect with greater goods.
Finally, Jesus concludes with prestige. Since prestige speaks to the deepest of human longings, Jesus gives it ample consideration. “Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.” As human beings we are made to love and be loved. Prestige promises the happiness of being loved, but it can falter when our happiness is rooted in what others think about us. If our happiness depends on the estimation of the thoughts and feelings of others, we will always we disappointed.
Common to all of these “Beatitudes” is the theme that human happiness flows not from what we get but from what we receive. Possessions, pleasure, power and prestige can be sought after and, in some measure, attained, but Jesus subverts these in order to highlight that our happiness is founded on something deeper: connection with the Creator. When we are poor, hungry, grieving and rejected, we are open to receive the goodness of God’s presence in a way which is not accessible to us when we are rich, satisfied, content and admired. This connection finds its fullness in a relationship of friendship. A friend is a second self. Friends do for each other what is not possible to do on one’s own. The Beatitudes are Jesus’ surprising and counterintuitive way of marking the pursuit of happiness as a path to be traveled with Him leading the Way. Only when we understand and experience the deep need to be connected to and with the source of life itself can we experience the joy of happiness!