a credo for today
A Credo For Today
The Sermon on The Mount opens with the Beatitudes:
- the poor – or poor in spirit – who do not trust in status or riches
- those who mourn – who grieve over the injustice in the world
- the meek – who get angry but who never get aggressive
- those who hunger and thirst for righteousness – who seek justice
- the merciful – who are compassionate to all in need
- the pure in heart – who are whole-hearted in desire to do right
- the peacemakers – who work for peace in a world at war
- those who are persecuted for righteousness – who suffer for just causes
These Beatitudes indicate the Be-Attitudes Jesus advocates:
- Humility- Focusing on the poor (not status or riches)
- Empathy – Grieving over the injustice in the world
- Self-restraint – Getting angry but not getting aggressive
- Righteousness – Seeking for justice (not vengeance)
- Mercy – Extending compassion to all in need
- Integrity – Being whole-hearted in a desire to do right
- Non-violence – Working for peace in a world at war
- Perseverance – Suffering for just causes (patiently)
These Be-Attitudes suggest a clear set of ethical commitments that Jesus would advocate we make if we are to engage a world of poverty and violence constructively:
Be The Change You Want To See’
- identify with the poor ‘in spirit’.
- grieve over injustice in the world.
- get angry, but never get aggressive.
- seek to do justice, even to my enemies.
- extend compassion to all those in need.
- act with integrity, not for the publicity.
- work for peace in the midst of violence.
- suffer yourself, rather than inflict suffering.