The new you… those who mourn
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)
What did Jesus mean when he taught us that those who mourn… are blessed?
There are two main options here – but both flow from the same vein. They are very much like the two sides of the same coin.
When Jesus is talking about those who mourn, He is talking about people who are so intent on loving others that they cannot help but find pain in the process. He is talking about those people whose hearts are wide open, and vulnerable, to others – knowing that, at some point, such love will almost always end up bringing us to tears.
Think about it. When was the last time you mourned? It was probably a time of significant loss in your life – most likely the loss of a loved one. It could have been a parent… or a sibling… or a child… or even a beloved family pet. Their passing touched a place deep within your soul, and brought you to tears.
We mourn because we have invested our selves into the other person. We have developed a relationship, and memories – we have shared life together. The problem is that death is a part of life – and pain is a part of loving someone. We have the feeling of genuine loss because we have lived a life of genuine investment. We mourn because we have loved – and our hearts are plunged into the depths of sadness and grief.
Of course, we can avoid this kind of pain… We can do so by never opening our hearts to those around us. We can have relationships that never go deeper than the surface. We really can put up our guards – and never allow people in, or invest ourselves in others. We don’t have to face the kind of pain that causes us to mourn.
But we will never find the Heart of God, either.
We will be a lot like those people that perplexed Jesus. Who, in reflecting upon His generation said: “We played the flute for you and you did not dance; we sang a dirge and you did not mourn.” Their hearts were set on some “safe” middle ground, not moved by joy… or sadness – because their hearts were not invested in life.
The new you knows the risks involved – and is willing to soar to the heights and plunge to the depths. The new you knows that life must be lived on the raggedy edge – or it is not really lived at all.
Jesus is telling us that to live in the fullness of God’s blessing we must open our hearts to wherever that love will take us. There will be joy. But, there will be sadness. And when we mourn, as those who have fully opened our hearts, there will be comfort.
That may be the main reason why The Comforter (the Holy Spirit) is given to us!
Prayer focus: God, help me to open my heart to those I love, no matter the cost!