Gospel Reading and Thoughts for November 1, 2015

Jesus teaching 4Gospel – Matthew 5:1-12

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain,
and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.
He began to teach them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward will be great in heaven.”

 

So many blessings God wants to bestow upon those who are suffering.  The meek, the poor in spirit, the persecuted – God has blessings for us all.  Whether we are downtrodden and discouraged or under spiritual attack, God already has rewards set out for us.  And He blesses those who try to do His will – the peacemakers, the merciful, the clean of heart – trying to tell us that following Him may not always be fun or easy but it is worthwhile.

May we find opportunities to live out the beatitudes every day.