Gospel Lk 6:20-26
The beatitudes are blessings, and that can be looked at in many different ways. One way is to look at them is that they are blessings of certain traits or behaviors, in that way they offer some type of guidance on how to live ones life. In that way too each blessing is left open to interpretation as the words for each trait blessed have various subtle meanings. This leaves the beatitudes, as much of Jesus’s sayings, a concise lesson that can be pondered infinitely; and which can teach infinite lessons.Perhaps this can be considered “the philosophers approach” to these wonderful blessings? Another way to read the beatitudes is as a blessing given over a specific group of Jesus’s followers. A group of people that many times were poor, often were hungry, and who lamented over their situation. They were frequently despised, insulted, cursed and cast out. They were on the fringe of society, and far removed from those who society considered “blessed.” In one small way Jesus beatitudes to these his disciples might be looked at as the answer to the question given by Moses to the ancient Israelites : “I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before thee life and death, the blessing and the curse: therefore choose life, that thou mayest live, thou and thy seed; to love Jehovah thy God, to obey his voice, and to cleave unto him; for he is thy life…” Jesus saw these disciples as good people who only wished to follow their God, many times against seemingly insurmountable odds. Perhaps Jesus saw the importance of offering these good people his blessing, when many only offered them a curse.