Reflection on Matthew 5:1-12A / Matthew 5:1-12 ~
In one sweeping poetic way, Jesus teaches us how to know the Heaven that is dwelling inside and how to enter the remainder of Heaven that is not here yet. To be blessed means that our own desires decrease, interior spiritual hunger increases, and we become more dependent on God through faith and virtues. The balance of the Beatitudes is our journey: to become Christ like in order to become whole. To know and practice the Beatitudes is to work on becoming saintly.
The Sermon of the Beatitudes, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
Matthew 5 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 5:1-12.