Mt 5:1-12 Sky Is Not The Limit
When Jesus 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.”
I just finished talking to a group of children doing Vacation Bible School at St. Monica. This year’s theme is: “SKY” – Everything is possible with God.
Sky’s the limit. Not really and not true. And those who teach it - our teachers, our parents, our mentors - are wrong in saying it. All Christians should know this and all Christians should avoid it. What’s so wrong about this is exactly what makes Christianity so special: The Beatitudes.
Christians make all things possible because they bring God to all possible things. The Lord spoke in paradoxes for a reason: to teach others that the sky is not the limit; that is; our vision is not His vision; our heights are not His heights; our lives are not our lives; our destiny is not our destiny. Jesus gave the world His Word; he gave the world the Beatitudes, and then showed us The Way to put it all into practice.
Unfortunately, too many people live very boring lives because they were taught and told to believe that the sky’s the limit. They were taught to think, speak and live in non-paradoxical ways. For example: We were all taught that if you want to win a race, then you must come in first place. But the early Christians were taught that you can still win a race by coming in last place. That’s not boring! Now I know what you are asking: “How do you do that?” If you don’t know, then check out my meditation, “Missing Link”. That’s just one example of how to lose a race and win. There are many other ways to do it, as many as there a people. How many ways are there to Heaven? As many as there are people!
The sky is not the limit, but we must stay within the limits. To live The Beatitudes requires that we live The Commandments. If you wish to be great, then you must remain small. Here is another paradox. If you wish to reach the highest heights, then you must stay within your limits. If you wish to love man, then you must first love God. Otherwise, we will see what we have always seen: WAR.
In Antioch the disciples were first called Christians. In the Acts of the Apostles, we read how the disciples of the Lord were first called Christians. Notice something? They did not call themselves Christians. Instead, it was the non-Christians that called them Christians. It’s one thing when you call yourself a Christian. It’s another thing when people say, “You’re a Christian.” Do you see the difference? What do people call you? Would they even know that you are a Christian?
The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power. Have you revealed yourself to your neighbors, to your boss, to your family? Have you revealed His saving power? Have you invited someone to Church? Have you invited someone to go to Confession with you? The Lord has commanded his disciples to “go, and teach all nations.”
Why limit yourself with the title of “volunteer” or “helper”. How boring. What about something not so secular, something different, something not so sterile, or lukewarm, or boring. Why not something more radical, more thrilling and exciting? Why not a little bit of persecution or insult or injury upon injury? “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 rewards will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Thus they persecuted me before you.”
To be a Christian means to be another Christ.
The earth, the sky, the solar system, the universe, the win, the raise, the bonus, the marriage, the family, the title, the awards, the achievements are not the limit.
Being a Christian is.