When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Food for Thought:
The Beatitudes are the set of teachings by Jesus that begin with “Blessed are” and appear in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. The term beatitude comes from the Latin adjective which means happy, fortunate or blissful. The Beatitudes are some of the most well-known passages of Scripture. Jesus blesses groups of people that are not normally blessed. Think about how you have been blessed in your life. Thank God for your blessings, especially today.
God our deliverer, you walk with the meek and the poor, the compassionate and those who mourn, and you call us to walk humbly with you. When we are foolish, be our wisdom; when we are weak, be our strength; that as we learn to do justice and to love mercy, your rule may come as a blessing. Amen.