“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 theirs 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…”
Here are the beatitudes: the rules and regulations every Christian ought to abide in, the pathway to our heavenly reward if followed. Christ uses these beatitudes to call us to embrace a life of holiness, a life worthy of the meaning of being ‘Christian’. However we can only live to God’s expectations and practice these virtues only if we go to Him.
His disciples came to him… and he taught them…
(Mathew 5: 1, 2)
Unless we are wholly rooted in God can we realize the virtues embodied in the beatitudes. We must recognize our dependence on God and go to Him to taught us to live as his Son our Lord Jesus Christ lived. Only then shall we rejoice and be glad. Only then said our reward be great in heaven.