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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.

Scripture:

Matthew 5:1-5 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. He said: “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.

Poor in spirit: Not spiritually poor, but having the spirit of a poor person. Imagine not having health insurance during this pandemic! Recently a family member was hospitalized 10 days for pregnancy-related complications; the bill was $79,000, and that did not include the birth of the baby. Can you identify with that? If you can, you have the spirit of a poor person.

Mourn: Not for yourself, but for the pain and suffering of others. Do you mourn for the COVID-19 struggle of Muslims and Hindus as much as you do for your closer neighbors? If so, you are blessed!

Meek: Are you strong enough to have your own way, but allow others to have theirs? At home? At work? In church?

 

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