“When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. 2 He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying, 3’ Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 5 Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.7 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.10 Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.’”
This week’s Gospel lesson is a great teaching by Our Lord. We find Him on this mountain and the disciples come to Him, and there He lays the groundwork for His followers to understand that doing what’s right is always best.
Granted, to do what is right, does not always come easy in some cases. As Christians, we do take our share of being laughed at, made fun of and enduring other insults by those who do not believe in the cause of Christ.
“Blessed” can also be translated as “Happy is the one who.” What difference in tone or accent do you find between these two translations?
For example; let’s consider verse 3: “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Now, let’s substitute “blessed” for “Happy is the one who is poor in spirit.”