You’re an expert in the Beatitudes

by Rod Smith

The Mercury / Friday

You may not be an expert in ancient biblical languages (I am not) but you are probably an expert in the Beatitudes, if you have heard (of) them or not.

The Beatitudes refers to the prologue in Jesus’ best known sermon.

Meet them wrapped in a real person and you know it immediately.

The finer nuances of “poor in spirit” may elude you but the counter – brashness, arrogance, haughtiness, are obvious.

Humility and gentleness are attractive, easy to discern, comforting to experience. Their opposites are jarring. You may not be a biblical scholar but in seconds you recognize meekness, and its absence.

You know who among you is exerting unnecessary power just because he or she can. Such people can’t hide from you. Same goes for mercy, truth, purity – you know it when you meet it.

Peacemakers, and men and women who have lived a little, salt-of-the-earth types who know they are not perfect, feed your soul on every encounter. But, in a nanosecond you know who is hungering for fame, power, recognition and who will go to any lengths to get it.

As rare as they perhaps are, may you encounter those whose lives are shaped by the Beatitudes, no matter what their faith tradition or the absence of one.

Better still, may they live and breathe in you.

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