Week of December 29: Matthew 5:1-12 (The Beautitudes)
Imagine that you are sitting on the hillside that day with the disciples listening to Jesus teach. What would your first impression of his words be?
The term “beatitude” comes from the Latin word (beatitudo) which means “happiness”. Why are the beatitudes important?
What does it mean to be poor in spirit?
Of these eight qualities, which two do you desire most in your life?
Which of these qualities are you most tempted to avoid?
Matthew 5:1-12 (The Beautitudes)
Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount
5 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them.
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.