Tag: blessing

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted

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In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus begins with a list of blessings called the beatitudes. The second of these blessings, found in Matthew 5:4 is “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
What does that mean?
To mourn?

Grumbling: when we forget God’s goodness

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Originally published June 6, 2018

In the Book of Exodus, God had worked in mighty ways for the Israelites. He had brought a series of plagues against the Egyptians. He dramatically parted the waters of the Red Sea. Once the Israelites were in the desert, God continued to lead. But through a series of uncertain events, the Israelites continued to respond by grumbling.

They ran low on water. Israel grumbled. God provided water. They didn’t have food. Israel grumbled. God provided food. After all that the Lord had done, the people should have trusted that God would provide.

Blessed are the poor in Spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven

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At the beginning of the Beatitudes, “Jesus said: Blessed are the poor in Spirit, for there’s is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3).

To be poor in Spirit is to recognize that you have nothing to offer God. That your account has no balance in it through which you can pay your way into heaven. It’s realizing that you are nothing.

Our society doesn’t like that thought though. We like to think we’re good, we like to think we can do things on our own way, we like to make things about our own talents or abilities or goodness. We like to rely on our own skills to get through life. We glorify talent.