The first two verses in Matthew Chapter 5 tell of Jesus, like Moses, climbing a mountain. He sits down and his disciples come to him. He then begins to teach them a new set of Christian ideals; ideals on mercy, spirituality, and compassion. These are called the Beatitudes. There are 9 Beatitudes, proverb-like proclamations, in the book of Matthew that contain two phrases, a condition and a result. Each begins with the word Blessed, which can be translated as happy or satisfied.
In the first Beatitude, verse 3, “poor in spirit” has had several interpretations. A.W. Tozer describes it as “an inward state paralleling the outward circumstances of the common beggar in the streets”.
Pope Frances has proposed six modern Beatitudes, the first being: “Blessed are those who remain faithful while enduring evils inflicted on them by others and forgive them from their heart.”
Prayer: Lord, help me understand how I can more closely follow Christian Ideals on mercy, spirituality, and compassion. Amen.