Two people face the same situation, with the same challenges, the same risks, the same potential reward. Why is it that one person chooses to embrace the challenge, whereas the other person does not? What makes for the difference? Even the same person can be drawn to take on a challenge in one instance, and pass on a similar challenge at another time. While the question of free will and why humans choose what they do may seem easy, it should be understood that there are a lot of factors that go into even making a simple choice.
Today’s readings focus attention on the question of motivation. Why do we do what we do? In the first reading, Saint Paul describes a series of reasons for his actions. The gospel recounts the Beatitudes, a section of Matthew’s gospel many are familiar with, having heard and read it often. What motivation will you have for what you do?