Beatitudes

Praying for Authority

When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law. (Matthew 7:28-29)  Let’s begin our week where the Sermon on the Mount ends. In these early days of Jesus’ ministry, the crowd reaction was amazement. …

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Praying to See God

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. (Matthew 5:8) Purity is something we don’t talk about much because we think it’s impossible, which of course makes it less possible.  What does Jesus mean by “pure in heart”?  Here’s my guess.  First thing we need to remember is that when Jesus talks about …

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Praying for Self Control 

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. (Matthew 5:5) When I learn about this verse from all my favorite commentators, it seems Jesus’ original mean was not just lost in translation — it was deported!  The word meek in this verse portrays the idea of weakness– “meek” usually goes along with “mild” in …

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Praying for Comfort

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. (Matthew 5:4) You’ve come to the right place for a comment on this Beatitude.  Again Jesus hits us with contrast: to be blessed when you mourn.  Mourning in my opinion feels like the opposite of blessing.  What’s Jesus driving at?  First, I think Jesus is saying …

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