Beatitudes Reflection [Matthew 5:1-11]

Blessed are the poor in spirit;

The worn, the torn,

The threadbare

The barely there:

Theirs is Heaven’s Commonwealth.

 

Blessed are those who mourn;

Who carry the heavy weight of loss at all times

Marked by the invisible residue of grief:

They will be comforted.

 

Blessed are the meek;

The everyday, ordinary

Those unable to ever grace the top table.

Those who have managed to shake off the strait-jacket of success

Whose motivations are not the FTSE 100, blue twitter ticks or Ecclesial ladders:

They shall be earth inheritors.

 

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness;

The sound of whose grumbling, rumbling, justice bellies

Echo

And call all to the lavish inclusive banquet:

They will be full.

 

Blessed are the merciful;

The forgiving victims

Those who do not hold onto bitterness

But extend the hands of grace

And in the face of wrongdoing

Choose forgiveness:

They will receive mercy.

 

Blessed are the pure in heart;

Uncorrupted by power

Untainted by people-pleasing

Liberated from affirmation jail:

They will see God.

 

Blessed are the peacemakers

The peace-keepers

The peace-seekers

The reconcilers

The usherers in of Shalom:

They will be called God’s children.

 

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake;

Those who find themselves on the wrongside of rightness theology

Orthodoxy

Pushed to the edges by exclusive elitism:

Theirs is the kin-dom of heaven.

 

You are blessed when people revile you and persecute you and utter kinds of evil against you falsely on God’s account.

 

You are blessed when you step over the line and onto the margins

When you comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable

When you choose to speak truth to power whatever the cost.

 

Rejoice and be glad for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who went before you.

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