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Sunday, November 12: Blessed are those who hunger

Sunday in the GospelsOn Sundays we'll walk through events in the life of Jesus Christ found in the four Gospels.

Read Matthew 5:1-6

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.

He said:

"Blessed are the poor in spirit,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn,

for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,

for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

for they will be filled."


This passage contains just the first four of the Beatitudes, Jesus' proverb-like blessings included in his Sermon on the Mount. Each one names a group of people who would often be thought of as less fortunate, but he turns this fortune upside down by pronouncing them blessed. How do you see the Beatitudes as fitting into Jesus' lifelong theme of "the great reversal," where the first shall be last and the last first?


Which condition—the first half of each blessing—among these four do you most identify with? Or which one especially struck you as you read this passage today? Take that Beatitude and meditate on it, asking God to show you the different ways you may fit that condition, and how the result of the blessing applies to you as well.


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