“Blessed are…”

The Beatitudes speak loudly to us in today’s crazy world, given to us by Our Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 5:1-12.

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain,
and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.
He began to teach them, saying:
Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward will be great in heaven.”

There was no one line that spoke out to me more than any other because they all spoke out equally to me. Yet they all began the same: Blessed are. Here, Jesus lays out the virtues of human spirituality. If you are a Christian, a true Christian, these should all speak out to you.

Don’t look for the boastful rich patrician, the overly pious or self-righteous, the callous or indifferent, the troublemaker or the warlord. Instead, look for the understanding; the care giver; the empathetic; the merciful; the seeker of truth, justice, and the right; the peaceful; the persecuted and their protectors; and those who love in name of Jesus the Christ and follow His example of love of all. These are all addressed by Jesus in this passage from Matthew, often referred to as The Beatitudes.

There are many false preachers – false prophets, if you like – purporting to speak for Jesus. But they fail to speak on these terms. They want you to love money and possessions and celebrity, forsaking these virtues espoused directly by Our Lord Himself. They want you to follow rigid rules of the Old Testament but fail to follow the two simplest and most important called for by Jesus Himself, love!

Never have The Beatitudes been more important than today in the world we live in now. When the world is spinning crazily around our heads, these are the virtues, the morals, that should guide us. And they all begin with love. Love of God, love of one another.



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