Sunday Reflections: Blessed Are They That Mourn

L-R: Prelate MCCSN and Secretary, CAN, Lagos State, Baba Aladura, Dr. Israel Akinadeowo; Bishop of Ikeja Methodist Church, Stephen Adegbite; representative of mr. femi Otedola, Mr. Philips Akinola; Treasurer, CAN, Lagos State, Bishop S.T.V. Adegbite and The Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo III, at the 60th birthday of Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins Thanksgiving Mass, at the Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos. Photo: AKINOLA ARIYO


The so-called common sense or the best of logic would never suggest that happiness could be derived from mourning. But here Jesus did not refer to outward or ostentatious mourning.

He alluded to an emotional attitude of tenderheartedness.

It is a great error to teach boys and young men that it is unmanly to show tenderness or otherwise to give evidence of emotional feeling or physical suffering. Sympathy is a worthy attribute of the male as well as the female.

It is not necessary to be calloused in order to be manly. This is the wrong way to create courageous men.

The world’s great men have not been afraid to mourn. Moses, the mourner, was a greater man than either Samson or Goliath. Moses was a superb leader, but he was also a man of meekness.

To mourn is to have interest in other people’s affairs as it concerns their wellbeing, to have a sympathetic identification with those in need.

It is this attribute that powers one’s inner conviction to choose that path of light through Jesus.

To mourn is to be sensitive and responsive to human need creates genuine and lasting happiness, while such kindly attitudes safeguard the soul from the destructive influences of anger, hate, and suspicion. And indeed in the end, “they shall be comforted.”


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