The Beatitudes of Jesus and Life’s 8 Healing Choices ..
So, we see that the blessings or beatitudes as they are more commonly known, are the seeds from which a lot of the other aspects of our Christ-like lives come from.
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One of my favorite Scripture passages is the Beatitudes in , where Jesus lists what it means to be blessed. It's certainly not what comes to my mind when I think of being blessed or when I pray for others to be blessed. Remember all those childhood prayers, "Bless Mommy, Daddy, and Auntie Sue"? We had no idea what we were saying! We were actually saying, "Let them be poor in spirit, mourning, meek, hungering and thirsting for righteousness, merciful, pure, peacemakers, and persecuted."
Parents want what is best for their children and God wants what is best for us. What is best for us? That even here now we already enjoy something of the peace of heaven. In heaven we will be close to God and if we are to enjoy something of the peace of heaven here now we can do so only by being close to God. Moses went up Mount Sinai and came down with the Ten Commandments to begin us on the journey to God. In Galilee Jesus went up the mountain and taught the Beatitudes to reveal fully how can enjoy the peace of heaven by knowing the heart of God. In the Beatitudes Jesus is praising certain values and attitudes and telling us if you have these values and attitudes you will be close to God, you will be blessed. If we want to know what the heart of God is like we have to look no further than the Beatitudes. Then knowing what the heart of God is like the Beatitudes invite us to imitate the heart of God. Some Church Fathers tell us that God became man in Christ so that we would become more like God. The Beatitudes teach us how to become more like God, how to reflect the goodness and beauty and truth in the heart of God, in the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is true that the qualities and virtues praised in the Beatitudes are in some ways contrary to what is exalted and practiced in the world. That only tells us how far the world is from the heart of God because in the beatitudes we see the heart of God.
The Beatitudes and the Gospel of the ..
Becoming the people of the BeatitudesI cannot read, pray or hear the Beatitudes proclaimed without recalling with great emotion the voice of Pope John Paul II speaking about the Beatitudes to hundreds of thousands of young people who were gathered in Toronto, Canada, for World Youth Day 2002. The theme of the “Beatitudes” guided our World Youth Day experience and has deeply marked us at Salt + Light Television in Canada, born on the wings of that blessed event almost eight years ago. Let us recall with gratitude the words of the Venerable John Paul II:
We begin today an eight-week series on the Beatitudes of ..
So how could such things lead to happiness? It seems like they lead more to the opposite of happiness. But the Beatitudes tell us one thing clearly. We can never be happy when we live self-centered lives. We may be fooled into thinking we're happy for a while, but eventually it will fold in on us because true happiness can be found only in a relationship with our Creator. Only the One who made us knows what will truly make us happy and give us satisfaction in life. We have to get to the end of ourselves and the beginning of God to gain any lasting contentment in life. And that can happen only through divine revelation and transformation through God's Word and the Holy Spirit dwelling in us. It's the "pearl of great value" (), worth selling everything to gain it. And ultimately, it's the secret to true satisfaction.
Beatitudes - Gods Blessings - Focusing on Jesus Christ
Justice and righteousness in the New Covenant indicate the fulfillment of God's will in your heart and soul. It is not mere observance of the law (Matthew 5:20), but rather an expression of brotherly love (I John 3:10). A continuous desire for justice and moral perfection will lead one to a fulfillment of that desire - a transition and conversion to holiness. This is true for all the virtues - if you hunger and thirst for temperance, you will head towards the goal you have in mind. St. Augustine called the Beatitudes the ideal for every Christian life! In his discourse on the Lord's Sermon on the Mount, he noted the correspondence of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit and their necessity in fulfilling the Beatitudes. For example, one must have the gift of fortitude so one may be courageous in seeking social justice.
only then will we be truly blessed, happy & content
Jesus first teaches us the eight (nine) principles of the Kingdom of God better known as the Beatitudes. Each principle is a key to living a godly life. Each brings a blessing from God. They are focused positively on what we should be like rather than on what we should not do. Although they are in perfect agreement with the Ten Commandments, they are different. They do not merely keep us from evil but lead us to the truth. Because of the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives, the people of God can have the love and holiness of God dominate their lives.