In today’s Gospel, Jesus teaches us the Beatitudes. When we hear them, what exactly do we hear. Do words of suffering stand out: blessed are the poor in spirt, the mourning, the hungry for righteousness, the persecuted and insulted? Or do we hear words of hope and peace.

In the midst of every dark cloud there is a silver lining, if we believe and look through the eyes of faith. In all our suffering, difficulties, problems and troubles, do we see that silver lining. Maybe it is a friend’s outstretched hand, or an encouraging word, or some unexpected help, or maybe a promise of prayer. Looking through the naked eye, we see troubles and problems. Looking through the eyes of faith we see blessedness, hope and peace.