“And He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when others 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 so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.’” – Jesus – Matthew 5:2-12
Love doesn’t always manifest itself in ways we want it to. These beatitudes, these blessings from Jesus aren’t good news for everyone. Some of us, at times all of us, can read these and have to try to fit ourselves into one of these blessings. “Am I a peacemaker?” we might ask ourselves. “Is my heart pure?” When things are going well, that’s when the beatitudes begin to lose their value in our hearts. “I haven’t been persecuted.” We may be thinking. But why not? Are we merciful? Are we meek? Too often these conditions don’t apply to us. Too often we forget about them and then wonder if we’re blessed. But life takes its tumbles. People die. Friends and loved ones exit from our lives. Jobs are lost. Work becomes too hard… It’s in the hard times of life that we realize we need Jesus the most. It’s our human nature. We want to be in control and be able to bless ourselves. But we need blessing. We need the blessing of Jesus Himself. Even in the good times. But too often we forget about it in the good times. Sometimes when life is great we are tempted to skip the beatitudes entirely. Why? Is it because we can’t find ourselves in them? Jesus had a way of turning everything upside down. He flips our plans and ideas the same way He flipped the tables on the merchants in the temple. That’s what His love can do. Do you want to be blessed by Jesus? All it takes is committing your life to Him. I guarantee you will fit into Jesus’ list. Stand up for what is right. I guarantee you will be made fun of at some point. Stand up for Jesus. I guarantee you will called stupid and naive at some point. Try to make peace. I guarantee your courage will be doubted at some point. But it’s not about making Jesus’ list, it’s about loving Him. Jesus continues on in this same speech to call us “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world.” Don’t commit your life to mediocrity. Be special. It’s easy to be mediocre. People will rarely give you a hard time, because they won’t even notice you. Do something to get noticed. Do something for Jesus. Do something for love. Because God is love. It won’t always be easy. But you will be blessed. Because the everything is upside down now.
Love somebody and be blessed,