A Recipe for Happiness

Note from the editor:

This recipe was first submitted by Jesus the Christ (Messiah) during his Sermon on the Mount. He was disqualified by the judges of his day for claiming to be God and received the harshest penalty: death on a cross by crucifixion. However, since he actually WAS God’s Son, he rose from the dead on the 3rd day, ascended into Heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. He is now recognized with the highest acclaim possible as the King of Glory.

Ingredients

Poverty of spirit

To have sorrow for one’s sins, and to embrace suffering

Meekness, with gentleness and humility

A hunger and thirst for righteousness

Mercy, compassion, and love

Purity of heart

To be at peace with God and with others

To receive hatred and persecution for following Jesus

Instructions

  1. Prepare the soul by removing attachments to wealth, pleasure, power, and honor. Leaving these in will produce bitterness and ruin the end result.
  2. Substitute for the above with poverty of spirit, humility, gentleness, meekness, repentance for sins, and a readiness to receive hatred and abuse for following Jesus.
  3. Strain the heart until it is pure — free of distractions and ready to place God first in everything.
  4. Add mercy, love, and compassion. (Pay attention! You can’t have peace and joy if you forget this one!)
  5. Season generously with a hunger and thirst for holiness and doing God’s will.
  6. Beat the ingredients by embracing suffering and surrendering to God until all the lumps are removed.
  7. Bake everything with conversion to Christ. (When this comes out of the oven, you’ll fill the room with an aroma of peace toward everyone who comes near.)

 

(The original recipe can be found in Matt. 5:1-12a and is the Gospel for the Mass readings for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.)

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