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)

Blessed, Truly Blessed.

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Depend on God. Don’t let material things get in the way of loving God and others. Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. Share other people’s sorrows and joys.  Don’t sent yourself apart from others. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit […]

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“Blessed Are The Cheesemakers” – The Misquoted Beatitudes

Rowland Croucher The Beatitudes, those sayings of Jesus that make up part of his Sermon on the Mount, are the heart of his teaching on the kingdom of God. But I would guess that whether you are a believer or not, you would probably have rarely, if indeed ever, have heard a sermon on these […]

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The Beatitudes As Jesus’ Self Portrait

Jesus says: “Blessed are the poor, the gentle, those who mourn, those who hunger and thirst for uprightness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, and those who are persecuted in the cause of uprightness” (Matthew 5:3-10). These words offer us a self-portrait of Jesus.  Jesus is the Blessed One. And the face of […]

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‘Joyful, Joyful.’ The Beatitudes According To A Baptist Peacemaker

  Joyful are those who know they are helpless For they rely on God, And God’s eternal Commonwealth is theirs.   Joyful are those who know sorrow and pain, For peace and quiet joy will be theirs; Gentle certainty will be theirs; And strength will come to them in abundance.   Joyful are those who […]

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The Beatitudes In An Age With AIDS

By the Reverend Dr Nyambura Njoroge, who is programme executive for the Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiative in Africa of the World Council of Churches. “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things.” (Psalm 72:18) Blessed are the leaders who safeguard human dignity, justice, peace and biological diversity and integrity […]

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The “Be” Attitudes

Be understanding to your perceived enemies. Be loyal to your friends. Be strong enough to face the world each day. Be weak enough to know you cannot do everything alone. Be generous to those who need your help. Be frugal with that you need yourself. Be wise enough to know that you do not know […]

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The Beatitudes Of The Empire Versus The Beatitudes Of The Kingdom

The Beatitudes Of The Empire The Beatitudes Of The Kingdom Blessed are the rich and famous, for everything in the empire is theirs. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who are funny, for they will be the life of the party. Blessed are those who […]

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The Beatitudes Of Peace Versus The Beatitudes Of War

John Dear Open your Bible to Matthew 5 and you will never be the same. Gandhi and King called those passages the grandest manifesto of nonviolence ever written—beginning with the storied Beatitudes. Grand for a number of reasons—for their poignancy and conciseness, for their sheer poetics, for their morality and practicality. But grand, too, for […]

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To Be Or Not To Be The Be-Attitudes?

Stephen Said Jesus turned to the ones on his left and he will say: “Depart from me you who are accursed. For I was hungry, but you didn’t give me anything to eat. So we grew our own food, but we had to sell it into the international trading system, using the money to pay […]

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A Step At A Time – A Beatitudes With Attitude Nursery Rhyme

Step One! Step One – Pray for ones whose life’s no fun. Step Two! Step Two – If they cry, cry with them too. Step Three! Step Three – Wait and see what help to be. Step Four! Step Four – Talk right. Act right. All right? Sure! Step Five! Step Five – Be kind […]

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Beatitudes for the Janta Colony

Mark Delaney If I had to summarise the Beatitudes, this would be it. Jesus was speaking directly, I’ve come to believe, to a bunch of tired, worn-out, down-and-out, poor people. People a lot like our neighbours. We’ve spent the last 14 years living in poor neighbourhoods in Delhi. In the last five years we’ve been […]

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Blessed

Blessed are the lost and confused, for admitting what the rest of us deny Blessed are the paranoid, for they will realise they were right all along Blessed are those who are cursed by bad luck, for their number will finally come up Blessed are those willing to go the second mile, for they will […]

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