6/12/2009

Beatitude Blessings for Us

There is perhaps no passage of Scripture that has been the text of more sermons than Christ’s Sermon on the Mount. This teaching begins with a series of blessings that are commonly called the Beatitudes. Just recently in my research I've found the beatitudes (posted down) in little different terms but still very actual and relevant for all of us today.

• Blessed are those who are convinced of their basic dependency on God, whose lives are emptied of all that doesn't matter, those for whom the riches of this world just aren't that important. The Reign of heaven is theirs.

• Blessed are those who know that all they are is gift from God, and so they can be content with their greatness and their smallness, knowing themselves and being true to themselves. For they shall have the earth for their heritage.

• Blessed are those who wear compassion like a garment, those who have learned how to find themselves by losing themselves in an­other's sorrow. For they too shall receive comfort.

• Blessed are those who are hungry for goodness, those who never get enough of God and truth and righteousness. For they shall be satisfied.

• Blessed are the merciful, those who remember how much has been forgiven them, and are able to extend this forgiveness into the lives of others. For they too shall receive God's mercy.

• Blessed are those whose hearts are free and simple, those who have smashed all false images and are seeking honestly for truth. For they shall see God.

• Blessed are the creators of peace, those who build roads that unite rather than walls that divide, those who bless the world with the healing power of their presence. For they shall be called children of God.

• Blessed are those whose love has been tried, like gold, in the furnace and found to be precious, genuine, and lasting, those who have lived their belief out loud, no matter what the cost or pain. For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Source: From Seasons of Your Heart, by Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB, p. 78

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