12 Days of Christmas Meditation: Day Eight

christmas presentsHappy New Year and welcome to the Eighth Day of  the Twelve Days of Christmas.

On the 8th day of Christmas my true love gave  to me Eight Maids A-milking which equals.
The Beatitudes are at the heart of Jesus’ preaching. They take up the promises made to the chosen people since Abraham. The Beatitudes fulfill the promises by ordering them no longer merely to the possession of a territory, but to the Kingdom of heaven:Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward is great in heaven.

 

The point is to keep our attention focused on Jesus Christ. The Beatitudes ultimately express His ability to be the obedient and faithful Son of His heavenly Father. But by keeping our eyes fixed on Him, we also learn how to implement these heavenly values. Indeed, that is that what disciples really do.


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