Capsule for the Day
No one wakes up in the morning and decides to mourn. Mourning is not something exciting or desirable, except for a sadist or a psychopath who takes pleasure in seeing others mourn. We only mourn our losses like the death of a relative or a loved one. Whatever the cause of our mourning, the experience is always painful and often heart breaking.
If mourning is that painful, why would Jesus say "Happy are those who mourn..."? Does Jesus take pleasure in seeing us sad and sorrowful? What is happy about mourning? We tend to miss the point when we consider mourning in terms of loss for loss sake. But when we look at it from the point of loss for gain, it makes the difference, we're happy.
This attitude of mourning ties up with the death and resurrection of Christ. While we mourn His death, we find happiness in His resurrection. So, we can say with St. Paul, while we mourn our death to "the old ways of sin and hatred" the new life we live makes our mourning happy. Happy in the sense that mourning is like the pain of childbirth.
Fr. Francis Afu