"Then he looked up at his disciples and said: "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh."
Jesus' words go against what our world values. God's heart has a place for those who are destitute and mourning. However, consider also the words that Jesus directs to his those who follow him that come shortly after his words of blessing:
"But I say to you that listen, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strike you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt." NRSV
Clearly, it goes against our culture to live in such a manner. We are directed as saints to have a concern for others who are our enemies and those who are in need. This is what sets saints apart from others.
Discipleship Questions for Reflection
What challenge do you see in living out these words of Jesus today?
If you have ever been hungry or mourning, have you ever felt blessed?