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.'