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11-01-2023 Matthew 5 V-0312 In persecution for righteousness sake convey
The Gospel of Matthew Chapter 5 v- 3 thru 12
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. 6 Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10 Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus, they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
The Beatitudes are such a beautiful and unique set of teachings. They really summarize the essence of Christ's message, don't they? It's incredible how they reveal a different perspective on what it means to be blessed and happy. "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven." This line always strikes me as it challenges the conventional notion of wealth and power. It reminds us that true blessings and happiness come from a humble and open heart, not from material possessions or social status. It's a reminder to seek spiritual wealth and connection with God.
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." This teaching acknowledges that pain and sorrow are part of the human experience, but also promises that comfort and healing will come. It's a message of hope in moments of despair. It absolutely reminds us that even in our darkest times, there is light and solace awaiting us. It's a comforting thought to know that no sorrow is permanent and that we can find solace and strength in our faith. "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." This one often challenges our cultural understanding of strength and power. It's a call to embrace humility, gentleness, and compassion, rather than seeking dominance or control. A genuine reminder that true strength lies in our ability to be kind and understanding, rather than in exerting power over others. It's a shift in perspective, encouraging us to value qualities that promote harmony and unity.
I find the Beatitudes ending with "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" to be incredibly powerful. It speaks to the courage and resilience required to stand up for what is right, even when faced with adversity. This is a reminder that standing up for justice and righteousness might not always be easy, but it is a blessed path. It encourages us to stay true to our principles and values, even in the face of opposition. The Beatitudes truly provide a roadmap for living a meaningful and fulfilling life. They challenge us to reevaluate our priorities and our understanding of truth and live Salvation Redeemed! Amen.
Join me as we pray our daily prayer of forgiveness. The Lord’s Prayer. I am sorry Lord. I believe You died and rose for me. Please forgive me as I forgive others. I share You as my Lord and Savior seeking to live your Will in all things. Prayers for wife Toni and my mother Betty pray for our children especially our two oldest Alexandra & Allen Son in Law Mark Stern; Julian, Gabriel and Jeffrey and our grandchildren Oliver, Julian and Elliott. We pray for those we’ve said we’d pray for and those who’ve asked us to pray for them. We pray for the dying as we do each day Lord give them peace in their last breath. We pray for Holy Mother Church. Our prayers for a friend and his wife for a baby to be born has been answered; she is 24 weeks pregnant with a little boy. Praise God thank You Jesus. In Jesus Precious Blood by His Name we pray. Amen.
I am a poet obedient to Christ,
Catholic Evangelist Thomas Cruz†Wiggins
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11-01-2023 Matthew 5 v-0312
**In persecution for righteousness sake convey**
Spirit poor blessed are you
Heaven’s Kingdom is yours too
Mourners are blessed by what they confess
Comforted to meet the final test
Meek are blessed land inherit
Hunger are blessed righteousness thirst
Satisfied in the end to totally merit
Mercy shown blessings rehearsed
Heart is clean blessed are they
God see will they peacemakers display
God’s Children are called to obey
In persecution for righteousness sake convey
Heaven’s Kingdom is theirs whether persecuted or not
For righteousness sake they were oppressed
Blessed are you when you are insulted or mocked
Evil uttered falsely against you rejoice and confess
Prophets before me persecuted Heaven’s reward great at rest
© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins
November 1, 2023 @ 04:59 AM EST
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