If possible, read the whole chapter to see the full picture of what is happening here.
Then focus on the following section:
1Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His
disciples came to him, 2and he began to teach them saying:
3”Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
8Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
10Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the
kingdom of heaven.
1. Jesus is contrasting the two ways to blessedness: the kingdom way of pure gift
from God and the wordly way of human attainment. Jesus takes those people
ordinarily thought to be unblessed or unblessable and shows that there is
something about life in the kingdom of God that makes them blessed.
2. Are you a blessed person according to Jesus’ teaching here? Why?
3. How would you allow God’s blessing flow from you to your community and
people around you?
Prayer & Journaling:
On your prayer journal, as you listen to God, write down a few thoughts, questions,
words, names, drawings, or anything that has come to your mind during this time.
Proverbs for Today: Prov 1:20-23
Read this passage slowly once. Ask, what is blessing? Do you like to receive
blessing? What does God’s blessing mean? How is that different from what
people usually think? Pray for God’s true blessing for the family and the loved