Today, I thought that we could look at the Beatitudes, given to us by our Lord and Savior. So often we forget the call that Christ Himself gave to us. A call to be meek and humble, a call to be merciful, a call to bring peace into this world and many more calls. Let us look at the beatitudes and see how we can grow in virtues to strive to become the person that Christ is calling us to be.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
~Poor in spirit is the call to humility and the realization of the abundant gifts and graces that we have received from God. When are poor, we complete rely on him to fill our cup, and to nurture us with His Word and grace. Humility allows us to accept our failure and to repent and to return to Christ.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
~When we are humble, we realize that we are sinful, and through this we regret and mourn over our sinfulness and the sins of the world. We can also mourn for the suffering of ours in this world. Our morning is a blessing, because when we mourn over our fallen nature, this creates a desire in us to strive and to improve ourselves.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
~A humble person becomes meek. They become gentle and kind to others, even when they are faced in difficult situations or adversity. They exhibit self-control in situations where they are tested. When we are meek before the Lord, we can obey and submit to His will.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
~Justice is more than just remaining faithful to law. It is about brotherly love, and the desire for moral perfection and holiness around the world. When a person is filled with fortitude, a gift of the Holy Spirit, then they may have the courage to stand up against social injustice that they see their brother or sister is affected by.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
~Mercy is the loving disposition towards those who are suffering. To be like Christ, means to be loving, compassionate and forgiving. When we are able to do this, we will bring about peace into the world. As we are merciful to others, so our Heavenly Father will be merciful with us. All of us fall down and sin; we all need forgiveness and redemption.
Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.
~ To be pure of heart means to be free of all selfish intentions and self-seeking desires. What a holy goal to attain. How many times have we performed an act perfectly free of any personal gain? An act of pure and selfless giving brings happiness to all.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.
~ Peace is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. Peacemakers not only live peaceful lives, but they bring about peace into the world through their friendships, through different encounters with others and they preserve peace between God and man. Praying for peace will change your heart. The Lord wants to fill you with His graces of Peace.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
~Persecution for Jesus’ name is happening around this very world that we live in. You look on social media, you will see it everywhere. But we also face a different type of persecution and ridicule now. We face anger, backlash, and aggression as we stand up for our faith and fight against the injustice that is happening within our own societies. And although sometimes we may suffer for it, our Lord promised us that those who suffer for His sake, will be rewarded in the Kingdom of Heaven. Don’t be afraid to stand up for Christ, He has your back!
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