And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said:
“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
“Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.
“Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.
“But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
“Woe to you who are full now, for you shall be hungry.
“Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.
“Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.
by: Ashea West.
The passage speaks of certain classes of people being blessed that we would not think of as blessed and predicts distress or sadness on others that we might have held in high esteem. This is the paradox of following Christ. It can be a blessing to be poor now, hungry now, weeping now, and persecuted now, because there is a reward in heaven for those who experience them. This does not mean that if you are rich, well-fed, and happy now that only sadness awaits. If we find ourselves in any of these positions, let us examine our hearts because our focus should always be on God and not the state that we are in.'