Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people 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 in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Blessed are those who mourn: This beatitude is one which hopefully we all experience. If we don't it probably means we have not learned how to love.
All of the beatitudes are lessons in how to love. If we are sad over losing a loved one then, this is a good thing. Let us rejoice and be glad! Loving someone means we have shared ourselves with someone, and have come to know them on a personal level. The love we have given and received is priceless.
Everyone experiences the death of someone they are close to at some point in their life. How we deal with the loss shows who we are. We may want to hide away and be by ourselves for awhile. This is perfectly normal. Hopefully, we talk to God in these moments when we are alone.
The beatitudes are an excellent prayer for these times.
The beatitude of mourning is often the first time we passionately turn to God for answers to our questions and doubts.
The answers to these questions and doubts can be found in the remaining beatitudes.
Blessed are the poor in spirit: This beatitude tells us to be humble. It is the exact opposite of pride. When we completely lose our selfishness, we open ourselves up to God's presence in our life.
Blessed are the Meek: This beatitude is knowing that God is the creator and trusting in His plan for us. The arrogant person is not meek. Being meek, means accepting that we are nothing without God and trusting in Him, even during difficult and depressing times.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness: Passion is a wonderful emotion. Hopefully, we are passionate about more than just our own welfare. Wanting justice for not only ourselves but everyone around us means we must actually do something when we see injustice. Finding a cause or a purpose in life is a very good way to work our way through grief issues.
Blessed are the merciful: This beatitude is all about love; not only have a forgiving attitude, but being kind to people around us. The merciful heart is always kind and helpful. Doing a good deed for others always lifts the spirit!
Blessed are the Pure of Heart: Having the right motive in everything we do can be very difficult. If we reflect before acting, sometimes we can avoid being manipulative or selfish. The easiest way to increase the presence of God in my life is to get rid of my selfish thoughts and desires. It's not easy!
Blessed are the peacemakers: Sometimes anger is justified. Peacemakers are not people who put up with behaviors that are unacceptable. To be peacemakers, we must first be at peace with ourselves. Peacemakers deal with conflict in the world by being decisive, turning to God for guidance, and having respect for other people. We must again get rid of selfishness and arrogance in order to be a peacemaker.
The PEACE OF CHRIST is the gift we receive when we treat everyone as if THEY ARE CHRIST.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake: There is a huge difference between being righteous and being self-righteous! This is where I need to turn to God for guidance. Am I being persecuted for standing up for my faith or am I being judgmental? If I am judging other people, I am playing God. However, that doesn't mean I must condone behavior that is wrong. It means I must also be kind and forgiving. Let God be the judge. At the same time, I should never lower my standards to make other people happy. That would make ME miserable! Living the Beatitudes during times of grief can be very challenging. It is natural to focus on our own feelings. Praying the Beatitudes reminds me to be less selfish and try to love the people I come into contact with. They also remind me that God is in charge. If I can let go and trust in God's plan, my grief will be less painful. Knowing that God loves me, I have to work at believing He wants me to be happy. Trusting God can be hard after loss. After all, the miracle I prayed for probably didn't happen! However, the Beatitudes tell me to be meek,..to trust that God has a plan and then live every day trying to do God's will.
May my attitude be Christlike always.