“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven” Matthew 5:3
The Beatitudes are a series of teachings within the Sermon on the Mount, aspirational statements structured around wealth and poverty. The language here can be more properly translated to say ‘happy and wealthy are those who beg for what they need’.
The simplest thing we can know from this Beatitudes is this; the Kingdom of God, whether it is coming or already among us, is a better world for those that need it most.
“Where is God and what is God already doing in the world? As you start looking, you’ll start seeing. It might look different to the way you imagine but that’s the beautiful part of the Kingdom of God. It’s good news for everyone. It may just look like basketball games in the midst of cyclone destruction.”
“Jesus’ allegiance is to the dignity of all people. He did not dominate through force. He did disrupt systems that permitted injustice, putting Him at odds with polite society. He was in the business of resolving conflict and restoring relationships. He was patient but also persevered. His ultimate gesture of peace was that he laid down his life to make peace between us and God. Peace didn’t just happen, He was a maker of it.”
“Through the lens of hope in Jesus, far away things come closer. A distant God comes near. We see his fingerprints of grace, love and compassion, and we see our part to play in His reconciliation of the world”
“One way of knowing whether your story is me-centred or others-centred is where your joy comes from.
Instead of happiness being found in what happens to you, you find joy in being part of helping others thrive. You love seeing your effort and sacrifice bring a smile to another person’s face. You give not because you want to receive but because you know someone else will benefit.”
“There are old behaviours, perceptions and ways of doing things that might have helped us survived this broken world but they hinder our relationship with God, stop us from living a healthy life, limit how we interact with others but most of all stop us from being the light Jesus called us to be. Depending on God requires we ask God to strip us and show us the blocks that are holding us from a deep relationship with God.”
” “He has Saved us and called us to a Holy Life – not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace”. We are the bearers of Gods grace and the reflection of His grace. There is something undeniably Christ-like to intentionally show someone they are valuable.”
“I love birthdays. I love them because it is a time to celebrate and honour a person. It is also fair, because we all have one. I like making people feel special. When I think about Jesus’ birthday, it should be giving him the same honour and celebration, actually it should be a lot more. But when I think about Christmas it looks far from a celebration of who Jesus is.”
“This is what we know: competition, greed, prejudice, discrimination, hatred, inequality, violence, the arrogance and exploitation of the powerful, selfishness, consumerism, materialism, individualism will never build a better world or heal our communities. Selflessness, generosity, mercy, grace, forgiveness, equality, justice, non-violence and unconditional love can and will.”