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Weekly Devotional

You Are Blessed

Reflection by Kaji Dousa

The most important homily in the history of the universe was preached by Jesus in His Sermon on the Mount.  In it He laid out the point of the Gospel:  God’s kingdom is here, now, at our fingertips.  And you are blessed.  Boil down the rest of the Gospel story – from the Incarnation (birth) to the Passion (death) and the Resurrection (new life) and we see that God is here…to stay.

While each person in God’s Creation is blessed, that does not mean that God blesses all that happens. Indeed, there is much God condemns. (Thank God!) We learn something about what God opposes even in the opening lines of that Sermon in the catalogue of blessings we call the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12). 

‘Blessed are the poor in spirit…

‘Blessed are those who mourn…

‘Blessed are the meek...

‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness...

‘Blessed are the merciful…

‘Blessed are the pure in heart…

‘Blessed are the peacemakers…

‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake…

‘Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account…

You could read this list of blessings and feel it’s impossible to live up to.  That’s one way to see it.  Another is to realize that it encompasses us all – at least one of these blessings covers every soul on earth.  Who has not had moments of difficulty, in which we might be “poor in spirit?”  Who does not “mourn?”  Go through the list and see that you are covered. Covered, protected, held in blessing.  Surrounded by God’s love.

The Beatitudes are blessings that extend…everywhere. Everything else Jesus ever says begins with these irreversible promises.

 

 

 

 

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