Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Getting Back to Basics

I have to confess these last few days have left me in the dumps, feeling lost and nearly hopeless. I have sought solace from the following passage:
The Beginning of the Sermon on the Mount
1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
2 and he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

The Beatitudes
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
And always there is the ultimate promise given to Julian of Norwich:
But all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.
The end of this passion week is not Good Friday but Easter Sunday, the recollection of the Resurrection, God's final overwhelming covenant of compassion for His creation.

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