Friday, July 5, 2013

The Beatitudes

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven”.
“Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted”.
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth”.
“Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be satisfied”.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy”.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God”.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God”.
“Blessed are they that have been persecuted for righteousness’s sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven”.
“Blessed are ye when men shall reproach you and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in heaven , for so persecuted were the Prophets before you”.

What do the above Beatitudes teach all of us? They are powerful teachings, showing us to be willing to feel and sympathise for each other; to act with gentleness towards each other, to wish to do what is right. The objective is to have pure hearts and thoughts, and to live in peace with our neighbours. Such was our Lord’s character, and we must endeavour to imitate his paradigm.  However, we should not expect to receive the rewards in this world, even if we achieve to live a good life. If we are to truly follow Christ’s example, then we must be prepared to suffer, as He bravely suffered for us, for the salvation of mankind. This does not mean that we will be put to death; on the contrary, it highlights that we need to be prepared to meet with constant daily petty difficulties, worries and temptations. These could lead us away from the right path; that is why we need to keep the Creed, the Beatitudes, the Commandments, the life, the traditions and the belief of our Church in our minds and our life. It is, thus, crucial to turn to the Church in order to receive the strength to be able to meet all our difficulties. The highest point of this communion with God is to be found during Holy Communion, where we receive the spiritual food for our souls, giving us the opportunity to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. 

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