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The Beatitudes.
« on: September 12, 2020, 01:32:16 PM »

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Jesus gathered His disciples and then gave them an in-depth picture about what it really means to be one of His followers:  Each of the eight blessings or Beatitudes recorded in the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. (Matt. 5:3?11) is a proverb-like proclamation, without narrative, precise, and full of meaning.

Jesus teaching here is all about the transformation of our inner lives:  He presents them as virtues, leading to reward.    They reveal Love to be the motivating force of the true follower of Christ and each of The Beatitudes carry an eschatological meaning for they offer the promise of salvation; not in this world, but in the next.

In The Beatitudes, Jesus is praising certain values and attitudes and telling us that if we grow them within us we will be blessed. The Beatitudes teach us how in our lives we are able to reflect the goodness, beauty and truth that is at the heart of God. 

It is true that the qualities and virtues praised in the Beatitudes are in many ways opposite to those exalted and practised in the world, and that in turn tells us just how far the world is from the heart of God.  The world says we find happiness when we increase our wealth, possessions and status in society, whereas Jesus says we find it when we embrace the true attributes of the Christian faith which He outlines in the Beatitudes.

What Jesus speaks about in the Beatitudes are the virtues of humility, charity, and brotherly love but above all He teaches the urgent need for the transforming our inner self to enable us to embrace those qualities.  Jesus presents the Beatitudes in a positive sense as virtues necessary in our earthly lives which, if followed, will ultimately lead us to eternal life with Him. 

If we so desire we are, with Christ's help. able to live the sublime ethics of The Beatitudes whilst still in this life and so continue our journey along the narrow path which leads us home to the very heart of God.

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