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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Today’s Reading | Matthew 5:1–10

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
          “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
          “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
          “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
          “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
                for they will be filled.
          “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
          “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
          “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
          “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
                for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (NRSV)


Our culture too often defines people by their accomplishments. Where do you work? How many kids do you have? Success is defined in making good grades, having a good job . . . But in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus implores us to redefine our priorities.

          Blessed are the poor in spirit . . . acknowledge your spiritual poverty
               before a holy God, acknowledge our shortcomings.
          Blessed are those who mourn . . . grieve over your sinful inclinations
               and come in true repentance.
          Blessed are the meek . . . choose a posture of humility, putting others
               before self.
          Blessed are those who hunger and thirst . . . persist in seeking God’s                righteous standard on every level.
          Blessed are the merciful . . . be gracious to the undeserved,
               not casting judgment.
          Blessed are the pure . . . making yourself ready and open-minded.
          Blessed are the peacemakers . . . proactively reconcile relationships.
          Blessed are those who are persecuted . . . courageously endure adversity                because of unshakable convictions.


          Please help me
          Enjoy others
          And see the good they
          Can bring to life.
          Even when I am
          Moody or
          Keep me calm
          Enough to
          Remember your law of love and
          Serve others by bringing peace. Amen.

Written by Katie Patterson, Junior High Youth and Mission Coordinator

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