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The Eight Beatitudes:the face of Christ -The one who sat on the throne* said,

The Beatitudes: BEATITUDO – “Behold, I make all things new.” Then he


BLESSINGS (Latin) MAKAIROS - said, “Write these words down, for they are
contentment (Greek) trustworthy and true.” (Rev 21:5)

•The Charter of the Kingdom. •The vocation BEATITUDES


of every Christian. •The qualities, actions, -“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is
attitudes, disposition of Christ & therefore the Kingdom of Heaven.” Mt.5:3
his disciples. •A unique type of happiness. •It refers to a positive kind of poverty – that
•God calls us into His own beatitude. is, Evangelical poverty:
1. Humility
• The essentials of Christian Moral Living 2. Confidence in God
are summarized in the “Kingdom of God.” At 3. Realizing our utter powerlessness apart
the start of the Sermon on the Mount, Christ from God.
laid down the charter or “marks” of the •Kingdom of Heaven & Kingdom of God
Kingdom – a new, mysterious, life-giving •God as King. God reigns. Paghahari ng
mission. The beatitudes are not a series of Diyos sa ating buhay, tahanan, lipunan…
commands: be merciful! Act as •It is a gift of salvation
peacemakers! Rather they picture for us the •The urgency of Christ’s message demand
face of Christ in sketching the vocation of from us a decision involving our whole
every disciple of Christ, drawn to share in existence.
his Passion and Resurrection. They •Like the parable… the “Buried Treasure”
spotlight the essential qualities, actions and “The faithful servant waiting for his master”
attitudes of Christian living; they offer the
paradoxical promises which sustain hope in -“Blessed are those who mourn, for they
our tribulations; they announce the shall be comforted.”
blessings and rewards already secured…. • To mourn is an ethical expression.
Jesus promises a unique type of happiness: • When we mourn because of :
to inherit God’s Kingdom, to possess the 1. Our sin
earth, to be a child of God, to receive 2. Suffering of the innocent.
mercy, to see God. – (CFC 744-45) 3. Evil in the world.
• The BEATITUDES respond to the natural
desire for happiness. This desire is of divine -“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit
origin: God has placed it in the human heart the land.”
to draw man to the One who alone can fulfill •Meekness is NOT passivity.
it.—(CCC1718) •It is NOT servile conformism.
• The BEATITUDES reveal the goal of •It is NOT unprincipled tolerance.
human existence, the ultimate end of •It is the stability of spirit.
human acts: GOD calls us into His own •The capacity to bear reproaches & slights
beatitude. – (CCC 1719) with moderation, not to embark on revenge,
not easily provoked.
“See, Mother, I make all things new.” Meekness…
(Isaiah 43:19 & Rev 21:5) •Has the passion to right the wrong,
-“See, I am doing something new! Now it •To confront injustice,
springs forth, do you not perceive it? In the •To offer healing & renewal to the
wilderness I make a way, in the wasteland, wrongdoer.
rivers.” ( “See, I am doing something new! The meek person…
Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? •Has a deep conviction & experience of
In the wilderness I make a way, in the God’s power within him/her.
wasteland, rivers.” (Isaiah 43:19) …Inherit the land.
•Finding our true Security in God.
-“Blessed are those who are persecuted for
-“Blessed are those who hunger & thirst for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the
righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Kingdom of God.”
•Justice is the practical demand of love. •To suffer for righteousness’ sake.
•Love without justice is hypocrisy. •Not just any kind of persecution.
•Justice without love is cruelty. •But in the name of what is true, good, and
•To love is to look after the welfare of our just.
neighbor. – (St. Thomas A.) •To carry our cross faithfully,
uncompromisingly.
-“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall
attain mercy.” “If you wish to be my disciple, pick up your
•Mercy is not simply an emotion. cross, and follow me…” “Who, though he
•It is an action. was in the form of God, did not regard
•It is the movement of the heart that shifts equality with God something to be grasped.
attention from one’s pain to the pain of Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form
another. of a slave, coming in human likeness, and
•God is the source of mercy. found human in appearance, he humbled
•Mercy is love in action. himself, becoming obedient to death, even
•To do something to alleviate the suffering death on a Cross.” – Phil 2:6-8
of the other esp. the innocent.
“Blessed are the merciful…”
•To be merciful is to be compassionate. To
care.

Etymologically:
•It is to be present to the situation of the
person. To place himself in the situation of
the person.
•To feel as he/she feels.
•To know what he/she needs.
•To address his/her need.

-“Blessed are the pure of heart, for they


shall see God.”
•Single minded.
•Total & wholehearted commitment to God’s
command, His will, and plan.
•Not selfish. Not proud.
•Whose motives and interest are pure.
•Upright.
•To see God: here & now.
•And in heaven. To be united with God.

-“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they


shall be called sons of God.”
• Not just “peacekeepers” but to toil actively
for peace.
• Peace is the fruit of Justice & Love.
• Peace is founded on:
1. Love 2. Justice 3. Truth