Thursday 1 November 2018
Apocalypse 7:2-4, 9-14. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face. Psalm 23(24):1-6. 1 John 3:1-3. Matthew 5:1-12.
Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face – Psalm 23(24):1-6.
‘Your reward will be great in heaven.’
The Beatitudes constitute the Christian manifesto: and the Saints we commemorate and celebrate on this day are saints because they lived the Beatitudes.
The Beatitudes are the things Jesus valued, and of every one of them he is the exemplar. In living the Beatitudes, we are living in close imitation of Jesus, who embraced poverty, was gentle to the weak and wayward, made his Father’s will his food and drink, wept over humankind’s enslavement to sin and death, accepted calumny and the cross in order to make us righteous, and by the cross reconciled us to God.
Lord, when I hear you say, ‘Come, follow me’, let me remember the way of the Beatitudes.