It is a promise to help those who were marginalized.
Dr. King’s speech was given as part of a march that was protesting the inequality. It was written to protest inequality in work, life and society.
If we want to honor it, we must not stand quiet while women are still paid less.
If we want to honor it we must defend the those who live in substandard conditions.
If we want to honor it we must not ignore our seniors or veterans.
If we want to honor it we must take our sacred honor to vote serious.
If we want to honor it we must not sit by and apply apathy to the world. It is your concern and your business.
We must honor the beatitudes. That was what the speech was really about. It was about.
Matthew is the first Gospel, in which the spiritual character of the Messianic kingdom — the paramount idea of the Beatitudes — is consistently put forward, in sharp contrast with prejudices. The very peculiar form in which Our Lord proposed His blessings make them, perhaps, the only example of His sayings that may be styled poetical — the parallelism of thought and expression, which is the most striking feature of Biblical poetry, being unmistakably clear.
The text of St. Matthew runs as follows:
- Blessed are the poor in : for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Verse 3)
- Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land. (Verse 4)
- Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted. (Verse 5)
- Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill. (Verse 6)
- Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. (Verse 7)
- Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God. (Verse 8)
- Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. (Verse 9)
- Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Verse 10)
Make Dr. King’s a reality and not just a dream.