Follow-Up Sessions: February

See

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
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. 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.

Delve into the Word

In silence, listen to the voice of Jesus within your heart.
What word of the reading do you identify with the most?
What is Jesus inviting you to do today?

Live the Word

How do we deal with the “periphery” that is different or smaller inside ourselves?
With what attitude do we reach out to others: thinking that we have the power and the answers, or hoping to find the Christ who is present in the margins?
What have I learned throughout these months from the people I have met?  What have I learned about my own limitations? How have I thanked God for the beatitude that has challenged me to trust him and him alone?

Celebrate

L/ Lord, you are the happiness of our hearts.
R./ Teach us to recognize you in what is poor and apparently weak.
L./ Lord, you are the refuge of those who are persecuted.
R./ Give us the grace to reach your justice.
L/ Lord, you are true peace.
R./ Give us the strength to make peace in our hearts, our homes and the environments to which you send us.
L./ May our hearts, Lord, be attached to the important things of your Reign. May we place our peace and happiness in your will. May we spread your happiness, joy, and justice all around us.

Mission – “Taking the first Step”

Think of the people in your life that have taught you that the most important thing is not power, or money, strength or influence, but walking with God and building His Kingdom. Remember the persons you have met in the way of Encuentro and of the gifts and blessings they have brought to your life. Think of the people who are really happy without possessing or exercising power. Give thanks and celebrate.

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