Here in South Australia this last week has been especially challenging for many of us.
Reflection of the Week - 3 November 2020
Posted in Faith
Make me a channel of your peace
The alternate reading for All Saints Day, Matthew 5:1-12, The Beatitudes are a series of blessings declared by Jesus during his ‘Sermon on the Mount.’ In contrast to the 10 Commandments given to Moses, Jesus gives the Beatitudes in a positive spirit, listing the values we may aspire to in life whereby we embrace actions of mercy, righteousness and peace which will lead to salvation. Each of the Beatitudes brings blessings into the life of a Christian:
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 obtain 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 there is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when men 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 men persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Matthew 5: 1-12.
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