The Beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount have been likened to the New Testament version of the Ten Commandments. They are nice little “sayings” that people can quote but usually don’t pay much attention to.
Sometimes folks got hung up on the “Blessed are…” part and couldn’t really connect the verses to their own experiences and lives. The Good News Bible, first hitting the bookstore shelves in the mid-1960’s, tried to make the Beatitudes more understandable and palatable by changing “Blessed are…” to “Happy are those…” It worked, for a while. But then, we realized that “happiness” was far from our grasp in today’s world, too. So what is the point or the lesson that Jesus was trying to convey in these eight teachings in Matthew’s gospel?
During 2022, we’re going to look at the Beatitudes together with an emphasis on BE-ing what God has called us to be. It may be a repeat of things you think you already know. It could be an old lesson framed in a new way. It could even be something totally new.
Let us look afresh at the Be-Attitudes from the Sermon on the Mount.
|January 2||…poor in spirit||Finding Our Wealth||Matthew 6:19-27|
|February 6||…those who mourn||Finding Comfort||Revelation 21:1-4|
|May 1||…the meek||Don’t Be a Doormat!||1 Peter 2:21-23|
|June 5||…those who hunger||Stay Hungry!||Romans 12:9-21|
|July 3||…the peacemakers||Let Peace Begin||Ephesians 2:11-12|
|August 7||…the merciful|
|September 4||…the pure in heart|
|October 2||…the persecuted|