Jesus said, “Healthy people do not need a doctor, but sick people do, ” and, “I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”
When we establish relations of mercy and trust, and accept fraternal correction humbly, when there is mutual forgiveness between spouses, Christ is the one who forgives and pardons, and what is forgiven among us on earth, is forgiven in heaven. The gifts of healing are not limited to healing bodily ills and the devil is responsible for more than individual maladies. Constant work and the unity of all people of goodwill are sufficient to remedy some of our misfortunes, but the only way to eradicate evil at its roots is to restore human persons to their dignity as children of God.
Dear heavenly Father, with a humble heart and gratitude I come before you. Please heal all my infirmities and calm my mind in its chaos and uneasiness. Forgive me of all my sins and make me new.
The beatitudes Jesus gave are know as our guidelines. (1) “Fortunate are those who are poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (2) “Fortunate are those who mourn, they shall we comforted.” (3) “Fortunate are the gentle, they shall possess the land.” (4) “Fortunate are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied.” (5) “Fortunate are those with a pure heart, for they shall see God.” (6) “Fortunate are those who work for peace, they shall be called children of God.” (7) “Fortunate are those who are persecuted for the cause of justice, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (8) “Fortunate are you, when people insult you and persecute you and speak all kinds of evil against you because you are my followers. Be glad and joyful, for a great reward is kept for you in God.”
These instructions we should follow to walk the path of God, the path of holiness. Jesus continues to tell us, to motivate and empower us. He says to us, “you are the salt of the earth, ” and ” you are the light of the world.”
He continues to warn us, “Do not take oaths. Do not swear by the heavens, for they are God’s throne. Nor by the earth, because it is his footstool, nor by Jerusalem because it is the city of the great King.” (2) “Do not even swear by your head, because you cannot make a single hair white or black.” We must, “say yes when you mean yes and no when you mean no. Anything else you say comes from the devil.” (3) “Do no oppose evil with evil. Give when asked and do not turn your back on anyone who wants to borrow from you.” Some of his instructions may be hard, but the ultimate reward make it worth while. Like when he tells us to, “Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you so that you may be children of your Father in heaven.” Our goal, our duty is to follow him and follow his guidance. “For your part,” he says, “you shall be righteous and perfect in the way your heavenly Father is righteous and perfect.”
O God, help me to have the courage to live out beatitudes. Send your spirit to help me salt and light amongst my brothers and sisters. Help me to turn away from lustful desires and to be firm in my decisions. Let me say no when I mean no and yes when I mean yes. Let me not entertain evil desires but instead express love to my neighbors. O God, help me, I pray, to follow your path of righteousness.