20 Then he looked up at his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 21 “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 22 “Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. 23 Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.
We use the word “bless” often. I know I do, both at church and at home. Upon self-reflection, whenever something kind, helpful, or pleasant occurs, I say, “I’m blessed.” For most of us, we use the word “bless” to simply mean “happy” or “nice,” but the a closer examination of the word blessed teaches us that that word has a deeper and richer meaning. In the New Testament, the Greek word for bless is Makarios. Instead of translating Makarios as “happy,” a better translation is “unburdened” or “satisfied.”
At the moment, I’ve been inspired to listen to some classic Rolling Stones while I write. As we ponder the meaning of unburden and satisfaction along with Mick Jagger, here are some questions to consider… Do my actions and behaviors unburden my loved ones? Do my actions unburden strangers? Do my generous words and actions satisfy the needs of others? What burdens hold me back in life? Are you satisfied with your life?
Know that OSLC is a place where you can unburden yourself. Bring your burdens, lift them off your shoulders and set them in front of the cross. Also know that Jesus, as the bread of life, is the only one who can offer complete satisfaction to you.