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Meditation — January 29, 2017

Posted on Sunday, January 29th, 2017

Scripture: Seeing the crowds, he went onto the mountain. And when he was seated his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak. This is what he taught them: How blessed are the poor in spirit: the kingdom of Heaven is theirs. Blessed are the gentle: they shall have the earth as inheritance. Blessed are those who mourn: they shall be comforted. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for uprightness: they shall have their fill. Blessed are the merciful: they shall have mercy shown them. Blessed are the pure in heart: they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: they shall be recognized as children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted in the cause of uprightness: the kingdom of Heaven is theirs. Matthew 5:1-10

Prayer: Even prior to walking to the beach and feeling the brisk wind on my face as I viewed the sun rising higher in the sky, I read about home-based care in Swaziland, wracked with disease and suffering, which the Hartmann’s, Fordham graduates, have established and support directly for several years—residing there six months a year. What a reminder and prelude for reading and reflecting upon the gospel for this Sunday.

Response: For this morning, see yourself in that crowd that Jesus was addressing, and don’t attach yourself with one characteristic and blessing that Jesus proclaims, but reserve place in who you are for each aspect.

There see where in your daily life you have been poor in spirit, and without warning you considered heaven as your inheritance; when you are especially gentle in a difficult situations, and now accept that you are to inherit the kingdom of Heaven; when you might be uncharacteristically gentle and consider your inheritance; when you have mourned, and how you have been comforted; when you strove in your life for justice—consider the reward you received and continue to receive.

How about the mercy extended when aggrieved, don’t you experience forgiveness in return? Oh, how you strive to be pure in heart and to be a peacemaker because surely you seek the Kingdom of Heaven. Be at peace today in the Lord’s message of love.

All for his morning.

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