A Promise of Hope
“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 be shown 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 because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:3-12
Growing up I heard the beatitudes being read as part of Sunday mass, or Children’s Church, or even just spoken about. I didn’t really get it, and I wasn’t sure why they were important other than the priest said they were. I don’t think I ever realized that they were even a part of the Sermon on the Mount until I was in High School, maybe even college.
As I continue to grow and learn in my faith as a Christian I keep coming back to the Sermon on the Mount, and in particular the beatitudes. For a long time I continued to be perplexed and confused by them. I recently looked up the definition of beatitude to try and understand why they would be so important. Here is what came up on Google:
Well. That wasn’t helpful. I then turned to a real dictionary in which the definition was “a state of utmost bliss.” Okay. Come on now. You’ve got to be kidding right? Jesus listed 8 beatitudes. 8 “states of utmost bliss.” This wasn’t making sense to me given that the first beatitude listed in the Sermon on the Mount is, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3). If we are poor in spirit how can there be bliss? As I continued to study, read and contemplate over the beatitudes I found more wrong with my previous interpretations. There is so much more than meets the eye.
The Beatitudes promise salvation. They contain a promise of hope amid our trials and tribulations (blessed are they who mourn…hunger and thirst for righteousness…those who are persecuted). Through the beatitudes Jesus is promising a life beyond the one here on Earth despite the trials we must face. In the end Jesus calls us to “rejoice and be glad” because ultimately our reward in heaven is greater than any we could see on this Earth. He is stating that remaining steadfast in our meekness, in our mourning, in our poor spirits, even in our persecutions is going to grant us great reward in the end.
I pray that as we journey through this series, breaking down each of the beatitudes, that you find the promise of hope and salvation that Jesus preached. I pray that you hold strong to the promise of salvation and bliss despite your trials and tribulations. I pray that as we journey through this that you will be challenged to dig deeper in your faith, and broaden your understanding of scripture.
Prayers of Blessings,
Molly Malone, LOG 29
P.S. Hope to see you all at Blaze Pizza tomorrow 5-8 with a special time for alums 8-9.
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