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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. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 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.

Hunger: Ever been hungry? I mean REALLY hungry? What’s on your mind? One thing. You have a single-mindedness about you to gather food. Jesus here describes his disciples as people who have a single-mindedness about seeking and doing righteousness—or doing what is right. Righteousness and justice are often used interchangeably in the Old Testament. The clearest statement of what is “right” is demonstrating love and acceptance toward all who are made in the image of God. If this pandemic has taught us anything, it has shown us how far we have to go in terms of doing what is right regarding treatment of minorities and the poor.

Mercy: Mercy is NOT showing love to those who deserve it; it is demonstrating love and acceptance to those who do NOT deserve it. Sort of like what Jesus did for us. How can we be like Jesus today?

 

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