beatitudes with attitude

“The text i like best” – share your favourite version of the beatitudes here, and be inspired by the readings others have made. Please email your words to andrew at wecan.be (if you’re copying from a book or another website, please credit the original author)

The Dark Beatitudes

Woe unto the proud of heart, for a great fall awaits them. Woe unto the glib of soul, for they can only be comfortably numb. Woe unto the greedy graspers, for they shall end up empty. Woe unto those content with injustice, for the kingdom of God will disturb them. Woe unto the cruel, for […]

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Kahlil’s Version of Jesus’ Beatitudes

‘Blessed are the serene in spirit. Blessed are they who are not held by possessions for they shall be free. Blessed are they who remember their pain, and in their pain await their joy. Blessed are they who hunger after truth and beauty, for their hunger shall bring bread, and their thirst cool water. Blessed […]

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Blessed Are the Persecuted

Blessed are those who are persecuted in the cause of justice: the kingdom of Heaven is theirs. —Matthew 5:10 I guess we should not be surprised that this Beatitude follows the previous ones. The first and last Beatitudes are present tense: Theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. Until this statement, Jesus has said “happy are the . . .,” speaking […]

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Blessed Are The Peacemakers

Blessed are the peacemakers: they shall be recognized as children of God. —Matthew 5:9 In Jesus’ teaching and in his life, we see modeled nonviolent, peaceful action. He encourages us to likewise “turn the other cheek” and not return vengeance with vengeance. There is no way to peace other than through peacemaking itself. But many think […]

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Blessed Are the Pure in Heart

Blessed are the pure in heart: they shall see God. —Matthew 5:8 When the heart is right, Jesus says, seeing will be right. He ties together heart and sight. Consider the saying, “Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.” So is God. All we need to do is keep the lens clean, the heart pure. […]

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Blessed Are the Merciful

Blessed are the merciful: they shall have mercy shown them. —Matthew 5:7 I believe with all my heart that mercy and forgiveness are the whole Gospel. The Benedictus (Luke 1:68-79) says we’ll have knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of sin (1:77). The experience of forgiveness or mercy is the experience of a magnanimous God who […]

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Blessed Are Those Who Hunger for Justice

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice: they shall have their fill. —Matthew 5:6 This Beatitude is surely both spiritual and social. Most Bibles to this day soften this Beatitude: “hunger and thirst for what is right” or “for righteousness” are the more common faulty translations. But the word in Greek clearly means “justice.” Notice that […]

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Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

‘Blessed are those who mourn: they shall be comforted’. Mathew 5:4 Tears are therapeutic and healing, both emotionally and physically. Crying helps the body shed stress hormones and stimulates endorphins. Weeping is a natural and essential part of being human. Eknath Easwaran writes: We can spend the better part of our lives attempting to construct […]

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Blessed Are The Gentle

Blessed are the gentle [or the meek, humble, non-violent, unassuming]: they shall have the earth as inheritance. —Matthew 5:5 This Beatitude is a quote from Psalm 37:11: “the humble shall have the land for their own.” Some translate it “the nonviolent.” The translation perhaps most familiar is “the meek.” It is the unique power of the […]

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The Sayings Of The Son Of Man

Kahlil Gibran, author of The Prophet, paraphrases the Beatitudes beautifully: ‘Blessed are the serene in spirit. Blessed are they who are not held by possessions for they shall be free. Blessed are they who remember their pain, and in their pain await their joy. Blessed are they who hunger after truth and beauty, for their […]

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‘Blessed Are The Leakers’

Bob Ekblad Followers of Jesus have a spiritual obligation to bring into the light offenses or injustices otherwise hidden from sight. While discernment is certainly needed in knowing how and when to speak, prohibiting leaks is like silencing the prophets, who in Scripture carried out a function in Israel similar yet far beyond that of […]

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Be-attitudinal Receptivity

If you were raised Christian, you are probably familiar with the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12). They’re one of most commonly memorized texts in Sunday school (along with the Ten Commandments and the Twenty-third Psalm). These eight short sayings (called “beatitudes” because they all begin with the phrase “Blessed are . . .”) lay out Jesus’ core […]

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