Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.
And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
by: Jasmine Lynch.
Here Jesus addressed His disciples with great comforting words. As He looked at the crowd, He must have had compassion on the poor, those who were mourning, the meek, those who were hungry for righteousness, those who showed mercy and got none in return, those who did good and received evil in return (the pure in heart), those who walked away from dispute to make peace, and those who were persecuted for doing the right thing. With such comforting words, each of His followers must have left that meeting feeling comforted, and hopeful. Our goal should be to give hope and comfort to the suffering.