When I was looking up the spelling of beatitudes (see posting from station to station) I happened upon this list: http://robertwells.tripod.com/Beatitudes.html. The beatitudes, Matthew 5: 3-12
Blessed are the poor in spirit,for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,for they shall possess the earth.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justice,for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure of heart,for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are they who suffer persecution for justice sake,for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
It reminded me of my father who often quoted “Blessed are the meek”. (No he was not religious either – in fact he used to say that there were more Christians out of church than in).
It also reminded me of how we form our moral bases and I think these and my father’s quotes established a way of living and a political perspective for me. But let’s have a wee look:
Blessed are the poor in spirit – hmmm they seem not have been blessed yet.
Blessed are they who mourn – I think on a general level humans deal with this.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justice hmmmmm not working world wide yet. I guess we try.
Blessed are the merciful – yep ok.
Blessed are the pure of heart. My impression is that the pure of heart have less fun and get stomped upon. Not working yet.
Blessed are the peacemakers. Are they blessed? It’s a hard road.
Blessed are they who suffer persecution for justice sake – I do hope they get some peace and freedom.
Do I still think these are a useful guide to living? I’d be a major optimist I reckon.
And like Christopher Hitchens who died last week – I do NOT believe god exists. But interesting wee reflection.