When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
‘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.
‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Devotion by Lynne Buell
The first four blessings of The Beatitudes—part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount—are plain statements; but they have major importance and should be used as a guide on how to live our lives. I don’t look at them as a way to find happiness, but rather as a way to remember how we should form our values. It’s not about building our bank accounts or driving the most expensive car; it’s about living according to God’s will.
Loving God, fill us with hope and love so that we can take care of each other according to your will. Amen.