The Beatitudes

I had never understood why Jesus said this … blessed are the meek and the humble and peace-makers …

I started thinking today … that maybe … in this world full of power-grabbers, backstabbers, people willing to do anything to show off and assert their dominance over other people … (it must have been like that back then too) … and cause strife, conflict, power struggles and unnecessary anger …

The one who lives for their fellow brothers and sisters is the one that KNOWS that other people naturally try to do this. That all human beings have a tendency to want to feel powerful / popular … that nobody wants to feel weak, unimportant and irrelevant.

And so he/she adjusts his attitude in this crowd of fighting people. He can be the meek one. She can be the humble one. Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the Children of God. He/she picks the narrow path. Undeniably the harder path, the hardest path … is to realize that other people have this natural tendency to assert dominance and fight for dominance … and to understand that and to move forward without contributing to that chaos.

Being a peacemaker in this situation, cannot be considered “weak” but instead wise … and aligned with the Spirit of God in the big picture … fighting for dominance between each other is such a small deal in the big scheme of life.

To create the world that God envisions in this world, it is perhaps the willingness to be humble, to seem meek, and in a lowly position that will create harmony between all the men and women. On the contrary, perhaps it is the tendency for certain people to show off, brag, to want to seem powerful and in a high important position … that causes unnecessary strife and disharmony.

And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:

“Blessed are the humble 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[a] of God.

10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when others 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 so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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