Meditation on Mathew 5:1-12

Christ at Prayer, Paper Cutout, Phillip Schwartz


“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. Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

We see the lack of mercy everywhere we look, but we can be merciful, and we do hunger and thirst for righteousness. We can work for peace, and yes, there are many people who are pure of heart. When we turn off the news and put down our phones and our iPads and look each other in the eye we see all of these things. We cannot afford to be discouraged by what we read or see on the news. We need to trust in God and in his children and stay engaged in working for justice, peace and equality, hoping that our reward will be great, not just in heaven, but right here as well, in the form of a more merciful and just society.

Phillip Schwartz


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