Aug 12, 2013

The Beatitudes

Here’s an interpretation of the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12). It was written by P. Jacob, in Bread for Tomorrow.

The Beatitudes
(inspired by Matthew 5:3-12)

Blessed are the poor…
not the penniless
but those whose heart is free.

Blessed are those who mourn…
not those who whimper
but those who raise their voices.

Blessed are the meet…
not the soft
but those who are patient and tolerant.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice…
not those who whine
but those who struggle.

Blessed are the merciful…
not those who forget
but those who forgive.

Blessed are the pure in heart…
not those who act like angels
but those whose life is transparent.

Blessed are the peacemakers…
not those who shun conflict
but those who face it squarely.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for justice…
not because they suffer
but because they love.

~ P. Jacob, Santiago, Chile.  Reprinted in Bread for Tomorrow: Prayers for the Church Year, edited by Janet Morley.