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Beatitudes the Eric Dierker Way
Too much of what we do with great books like the Bible and the Qur'an and the Dharmas and much else, is to pigeon hole them. The Beatitudes help make this point: Perhaps they are written for unbelievers so they can believe. But it makes little sense that they were just written for those who already believe.
We believe the Holy Bible was written for you. Even if you are an atheist there is good stuff in the Bible. We focus on what was attributed to Jesus. The beatitudes are apparently quotes from Jesus and that is very good indeed. But let us take them and run our lives with them just a little.
They actually start out this way;
Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to Him,and He began to teach them, saying:
So let us just jump right in and I hope this helps you like it did me to write it.
How about you?
Do you know the Beatitudes?
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
We start off with the hardest one because of that word “poor”. But think of that word as meaning someone who we could be sympathetic toward. It really comes from Latin instead of Greek or Old English. Pauper is the Latin origin. Here is a phrase that is helpful. “He came from humble beginnings”. We know that really means he came from a poor family. So use the notion of humble and the Beatitude makes sense. We are to approach our spiritual life in a humble fashion and if we do the spiritual Heaven will be open to us.
Blessed are the humble for the live in the kingdom of heaven
Only by our love!
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Mourning really means caring. We certainly do not mourn for things we do not care about. People are promised to be comforted if they care. This is a hallmark position. It goes with the notion of loving your neighbor as yourself. We must care about others. And if we do suffer in caring there will be comfort for us.
Blessed are those who care for they shall be cared for.
We are humbled by nature
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
There is so much competition and so much aggression. All people looking for their inheritance NOW. It is almost sad to think about too much. Fast cars and possessions of all types go to the loudest chest pounder in the group. Those who toot their own horn seem to always get the prize. In this beatitude we are assured that if we remain respectful of who really gives us our gifts we will retain the prize after this life is done. That is great solace and takes away that need to play “one-upmanship”.
Blessed are the quiet hard workers for the earth is theirs.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they will be filled.
Many do not really understand the idea of a glass half empty or half full. They think it is all about pessimism and optimism. They miss the important point that it is about what we focus on. In this wonderful beatitude it is about focusing on righteousness. If we focus on doing right, though it may not always seem like it, in the end we will see righteousness unfold and the struggle shall be over.
Blessed are those that struggle for right, they will achieve it.
Beauty is abounding
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.
How many times have you shown some mercy only to have the hand you reach out get bitten? One of the things I like about working with chronic homeless folks is a universal refusal to show gratefulness at a hand out. They constantly remind us that we had better not be doing what we do for appreciation, because they are not going to give it to us. And mercy is much more than that, it is about being giving in the face of wrongs against you. Here is the kicker, we are not perfect and we do wrong against our God but if we can forgive and give to others so shall He to us.
Blessed are you if you show forgiveness and kindness for it shall be shown you.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
This one is really cool. Our hearts are vessels and vessels can only hold so much. So if we fill our hearts full to the brim with love there is room for nothing else. We know God is Love and so if we fill it up with him, in our hearts we can only see love and love is God.
Blessed are the full of love, for they shall see God’s Love.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God.
If you have ever stopped a conflict between two or more you understand this notion. There is such a secure and warm feeling when you create peace out of angst. It will remind you of when you were a child and all safe and warm and loved by your parents. Especially it will remind you of when they praised a great thing that you had done. Making a peace between yourself and another or two others is a great and worthy thing. If you have trouble understanding this get on the phone and bite the bullet and eat some crow and “make up” with someone. That will fix your lack of understanding.
Blessed are the peacemakers for they will know they are children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
This does not mean “pros”ecuted it means wrongfully prosecuted and not like an excuse or justified defense. It means attacked for doing the right thing or believing the right thing. It means when man is against you because you stand on the high ground and they want you down below them. There is almost no peace for the persecuted for being right. They are invited into the house of the Lord.
Blessed are those given pain for being right for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
And a direct one to make it personal
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Blessed are you who copy this and follow the rules
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