20 Looking at his disciples, he said:
“Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
21 Blessed are you who hunger now,
for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.
22 Blessed are you when people hate you,
when they exclude you and insult you
and reject your name as evil,
because of the Son of Man.
23 “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.
Poor, hungry, weeping and mocked. Jesus addresses the Beatitudes to people who find themselves in places where life is not what they wanted or expected.
He is offering them/us, the Kingdom of God and all it has to offer, He offers others that they will be satisfied when they are hungry, He offers joy for those who weep, He offers a future of welcome and celebration beyond persecution for your faith.
These verses remind me that we live to a different tune than the world. We live with a different focus of our lives.
One day – Judgment Day – will reveal all.
Father, help us to live in the world but not of this world. Keep our hearts soft towards you and aware of the schemes of the enemy to distract us from your Kingdom’s purpose.
In Jesus name, Amen
Written by Ps. Sue Botta