19. Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.
5:1 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
So how does this man, on whom the history of the world pivots, have such a gentle soul, by the epitome of servant leader? Why is that? Can you imagine if one of us got a hold of the strength and peace he has? Why did he live, why did he teach us to live, such a humble, service centered life?
It’s (once again) contrary to the ways of the world, yet much of the world embraces his teachings if not him. Where would we be without him? Probably something looking like the Middle East.
What does Christ look like in your life? How did he change the world? Will you let him change you? Where will you be on your journey when he comes back?