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May 3 - The Beatitudes

Matthew: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Chapter five of Matthew's Gospel is where we find the Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes. It's possibly one of the most beautiful chapters in the Bible.

As the United States Mother's Day approaches, I was thinking about Mary. Did she talk to Jesus about the Beatitudes? She obviously lived them. Growing up, he must have observed her living them, at least the first seven of them.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit..."

“Blessed are those who mourn..."

“Blessed are the meek..."

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness..."

“Blessed are the merciful..."

“Blessed are the pure in heart..."

“Blessed are the peacemakers..."

She must have modeled these. By being poor in spirit, Mary humbled herself before God. She mourned when Joseph died. She was meek, though she hungered and thirsted for righteousness. She was merciful when Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem and Mary and Joseph had to go back three days and searched for him. She scolded him but she certainly didn't dwell on it. Of course, she was pure of heart and a peacemaker.

Though the day is almost over, it's one day closer to Mother's Day. This Mother's Day, I am going to strive to be more like Mary and live the Beatitudes.

May 3

Matthew: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Mark: He lived among the tombs; and no one could restrain him any more, even with a chain;

Luke: He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.

John: In these lay many invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed.

Acts: “Ananias,” Peter asked, “why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back part of the proceeds of the land?

Romans: And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,

1 Corinthians: For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present I have already pronounced judgment

2 Corinthians: if indeed, when we have taken it off we will not be found naked.

Galatians: Once again I testify to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obliged to obey the entire law.

Ephesians: But fornication and impurity of any kind, or greed, must not even be mentioned among you, as is proper among saints.

1 Thessalonians: When they say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape!

1 Timothy: Honor widows who are really widows.

Hebrews: and because of this he must offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people.

James: Your gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will be evidence against you, and it will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure for the last days.

1 Peter: Do not lord it over those in your charge, but be examples to the flock.

1 John: For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome,

Revelation: And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it.

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