Blessed are those who are poor, desperately enduring until a time when everything is turned upside down.
Blessed are those who mourn, and who continue to sustain through suffering.
Blessed are those who cannot exert their every whim on the world.
Blessed are those who thirst and hunger for justice; justice is a long, difficult pilgrimage.
Blessed are those who take the time to fit mercy into their busy schedule.
Blessed are those who commit to the long, failure-filled road of forming a pure heart.
Blessed are those who learn a language incomprehensible to the world, the difficult language of peace and reconciliation.
Blessed are those who are persecuted and pay the penalty for doing justice.
In a world of grab-and-go, of addiction to speed, of undelayed gratification… Blessed are the patient, those who see that the long, dry, rocky road of the cross leads to life.
So what does it mean to be “blessed” in a biblical sense?
Some people understand it to mean something like good fortune.
Others see blessing as referring to material wealth, as in some strands of contemporary Christianity.
Some Christians think blessing refers to God’s favour, and this can be understood in a great number of ways (including material wealth as above).
For others blessing is almost a physical thing to be passed on (as with some understandings of the story of Isaac, Jacob and Esau).
I have constantly wondered what blessing is. Read the rest of this entry