Being happy is one undeniable state that everyone desires. Being happy inspires others and it is something that uplifts the people around more than just being happy yourself. However, being truly happy isn’t easy to achieve. Some think that to be happy one must have wealth and earthly possessions. Yet we can read about rich and wealthy people committing suicide or having depression because they can’t handle the pressure or adulation whatever you call it. Some say that when they’ve achieved something great in their life they’ll be truly happy. Yet, when they’ve achieved it, they still find nothing but emptiness.
Fr. Armand Robleza, SDB, says that “Being happy is the firm refusal to be dragged down by the hubris of living. A happy spirit will always find something to celebrate or be thankful for. A happy person believes that life is on his side. Yes, his heart overflows with the songs of his private victories which will eventually find their echoes in the lives of others.”
More importantly as Christians, we believe that ultimately the state of happiness should be lasting (eternal) and not just here in this world (temporal).
In the Gospel (Lk. 6: 17, 20-26), Jesus says, “Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours.” St. Luke was referring to the situation of the poor as blessed since they have no other recourse but to trust in God’s provision. Come to think about it, who is better to trust to, God or man? In the First Reading (Jer. 17: 5-8) the Prophet Jeremiah says, “Cursed is the one who trusts in human beings, who seeks his strength in flesh, whose heart turns away from the Lord.” The poor are indeed blessed because when they recognize that what they have is from God, they become humble and generous as well, having the faith that God will richly bless them if they share what little they have to others who are in need. This verse also tells that you can’t serve both man and God. Thus, a stern warning: this Gospel warns that as a consequence of not trusting God, the Lord says, “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.”
Becoming happy is not about you, it is about making others happy. Only then can you truly be happy.
Reflect on your own situation: are you generous to the poor in your community? Are you helpful in your own parish whenever asked to help? Do you sacrifice from the little you have to provide for those who have even less?
Let us pray therefore that in all that we do, in all the situations and challenges we are in, we will be always grateful and giving, fully abiding and trusting in the Lord.
“Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.” (Ps. 40: 5a)
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