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As of this writing, with the pandemic just getting started in Brazil more than 380,000 individual images of God have perished worldwide, almost 110,000 of them in the United States alone. Scripture: Genesis 1:27-31 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours

The Beatitudes in the time of Pandemic 3

Reflection: The Beatitudes are descriptions of Kingdom living, as well as descriptions of Jesus the Messiah himself. In this Jewish context, disciples are people who want to become like their rabbi. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus is teaching them (us) how. “Those who wanted to be like him came to him and this is what he told them.” As we proceed, ask yourself how Jesus lives out each of the “blessed” descriptors in the Beatitudes from Matthew 5. Scripture: Matthew 5: 1-10 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them. He said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Bles

The Beatitudes in the time of Pandemic 2

Reflection: The Beatitudes are descriptions of Kingdom living, as well as descriptions of Jesus the Messiah himself. In this Jewish context, disciples are people who want to become like their rabbi. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus is teaching them (us) how. “Those who wanted to be like him came to him and this is what he told them.” As we proceed, ask yourself how Jesus lives out each of the “blessed” descriptors in the Beatitudes from Matthew 5. Scripture: Matthew 5:1-7 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them. He said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blesse

The Beatitudes in the time of Pandemic 1

Reflection: The Beatitudes are descriptions of Kingdom living, as well as descriptions of Jesus the Messiah himself. Notice what Matthew includes in his introduction to the Sermon on the Mount, “his disciples came to him and he began to teach them saying, ‘Blessed…” In this Jewish context, disciples are people who want to become like their rabbi. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus is teaching them (us) how. “Those who wanted to be like him came to him and this is what he told them.” As we proceed, ask yourself how Jesus lives out each of the “blessed” descriptors in the Beatitudes from Matthew 5. Script

 

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