How to Achieve True Happiness

 

Imagine that you are living in a mansion with all appliances and gadgets you ever wanted in your life are within reach. All things inside are voice activated. If you want coffee, you just say “Manang, magkakape po ako.” And you will get in response, “Black coffee or with milk?” Then the coffee will be immediately served.

Imagine that as you read this blog you are in the finest hotel in Paris while waiting for your Limousine to go around the place.

We can have all the things the world can offer to us. But the question is, are you truly happy? Are these things will give you the happiness that we aspire?

When I went to the mass today for my regular Friday service, I was fascinated about the Gospel that definitely tells the whole reason of my blogsite’s existence.

Here is the Gospel:

Seeing the crowds, Jesus went up the hill. There he sat down and was joined by his disciples. Then he began to speak. This is what he taught them:

How happy are the poor in spirit;
theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Happy the gentle;
they shall have the earth for their heritage.
Happy those who mourn;
they shall be comforted.
Happy those who hunger and thirst for what is right;
they shall be satisfied.
Happy the merciful;
they shall have mercy shown them.
Happy the pure in heart;
they shall see God.
Happy the peacemakers;
they shall be called the sons of God.
Happy those who are persecuted in the cause of right;
theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


Happy are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. – Matthew 5:1-12

The Gospel is also called the Eight Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount.

As I reflect on it, the Gospel shows the value of humility instead of pride. If you will look at the passages, they are really the opposite of what the world gives. They defeat the purpose of having money, power and prestige which the world provides to attain happiness.

This is the promise of the Lord, the way we should live our lives if we want to be truly happy, the perfect recipe for a truly happy life.

All earthly life goes down to money. And all happiness given by the world are manifestations of money. If we are not good stewards of money, we will be slaves to it. The real purpose of money is to share it and bless the world. And we need to realize that we cannot share what we do not have. Hence, we need to know how money work for us and use it for the good of others and the community.

Reflection: How will you pursue your true happiness?

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