Beatitudes vs. Commandments – Chris Corrigan
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The Beatitudes initiate one of the main themes of Matthew's Gospel, that the Kingdom so long awaited in the Old Testament is not of this world, but of the next, the Kingdom of Heaven. While the Beatitudes of Jesus provide a way of life that promises salvation, they also bring peace in the midst of our trials and tribulations on this earth.
An early contemplation on the Beatitudes came from St. He described the Beatitudes this way: Perhaps the meaning of beatitude may become clearer to us if it is compared with its opposite. Now the opposite of beatitude is misery. Misery means being afflicted unwillingly with painful sufferings. Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.
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Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Humility is the realization that all your gifts and blessings come from the grace of God. To have poverty of spirit means to be completely empty and open to the Word of God.
When we are an empty cup and devoid of pride, we are humble. Humility brings an openness and an inner peace, allowing one to do the will of God. He who humbles himself is able to accept our frail nature, to repent, and to allow the grace of God to lead us to conversion. It is pride, the opposite of humility, that brings misery. For pride brings anger and the seeking of revenge, especially when one is offended.
THE EIGHT BEATITUDES OF JESUS
If every man were humble and poor in spirit, there would be no war! But this can only produce mourning and regret over our own sins and the sins of this world, for we have hurt the one who has been so good to us. One also mourns for the suffering of others. Gregory describes another reason to mourn: When one contemplates that we were made in the image and likeness of God and lived in Paradise, the Garden of Eden, and compare that to our present state after the Fall, one can only mourn our present condition.
But the sentence continues that they shall be comforted, by the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, and hopefully one day in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Pray for the fruit of the Holy Spirit Galatians 5: Mourning in this context is called a blessing, because mourning our fallen nature creates in us a desire to improve ourselves and to do what is right!
Gregory of Nyssa saw the Beatitudes as arranged like so many steps, so as to facilitate the ascent from one to another.
- Beatitudes vs. Commandments
For example, a humble person comes to be meek, or becomes gentle and kind, and exhibits a docility of spirit, even in the face of adversity and hardship.
Jesus was "meek and humble of heart" Matthew Who have we sent away empty, without our acknowledgment, thanks, care, or gratitude? He has helped Israel his servant, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.
Have we refused to give help and mercy? Have we broken our promises? Will we leave this world a more merciful, just, and beautiful place for our descendants? Mary was faithful to God in all things.
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We seek such faith for the world as we pray: My Spirit rejoices in God my Saviour. For the Church to always be a model of humility by renouncing power and prestige, we pray… ALL: For governments to act with righteousness, we pray… ALL: For the lowly and underprivileged, that their voices may be heard, we pray… ALL: For all our mothers, living and deceased, that they may be blessed as they have blessed us, we pray… ALL: For the dead and for all those who faithfully wait beside those who are dying, we pray… ALL: We Go Forth… into the world to do what we proclaim and to give witness to the fact that we are disciples and followers of Christ.
Use a final prayer, a blessing, a song or hymn. Mother of Jesus and Mother of God, teach us something of your quiet peacefulness and childlike confidence in your Son. Help us to trust Him and to believe in Him as you did. Help us never to worry or be sad but always rejoice like you, in God, your Saviour and ours, your beloved Son and our dearest Lord.
All make the sign of the cross and say: May God bless us and keep us. May God smile upon us and be gracious to us. May God look upon us kindly, and give us peace.