1. What makes us happy? At what times do we feel more fortunate or blessed?
2. Who are poor or are marginalized people that you met during the process of Encuentro?
3. What was more difficult and more pleasant about this experience?
Illuminate: Matthew 5: 1-12
When he saw the crowds, he went up the mountain and, after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. He began to teach them, saying:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of
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. Thus they
persecuted the prophets who were before you.
The world tells us that this program is absurd and crazy. Today everyone seeks money, power and progress in life. The Encuentro process invites us to go to the “peripheries” yet it is challenging and very difficult. Who in their right mind would want to go to places where people are socially marginalized? But perhaps the question for us today is: When do we feel poor, not influential, not powerful, and not valued by others? We need to look inside and reflect on how we feel in these cases and how the beatitudes may echo within our hearts. What is important is not to have, be important or have power according to the world, but to live according to the mind of God, to feel that we are children of God, and that the Reign of God is ours.