Blessed are the Peacemakers

Blessed are the Peacemakers  Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.  Matthew 5:9 When I think of a peacemaker, I think of someone with a gift for easing tension, for working through differences, and for finding a way to bring together people with diverse beliefs and goals. When I was … Continue reading Blessed are the Peacemakers

Blessed are the Merciful

Blessed are the Merciful  Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.  Matthew 5:7 As with a number of the other Beatitudes, this one seems almost too trivial for serious discussion: that those who show mercy will receive mercy in return. It is another in a long series of illustrations of the law of … Continue reading Blessed are the Merciful

Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.  Matthew 5:5 I wish to consider three parts of this passage. First, what does it mean to hunger and thirst for something? Second, what is righteousness? Finally, in what way and with what is one filled? … Continue reading Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness