Beatitudes: Matthew 5:3-11

Blessed are Those who are Persecuted

 

Verse 10:

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (NRSV)

 

You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you deeper into God’s kingdom. (The Message)

 

Blessed are those who are dislocated for the cause of justice; their new home is the province of the universe. (Aramaic)

 

Who does Jesus commend? Jesus saved for last the ones who side with Heaven even when any fool can see it’s the losing side and all you get for your pain is pain. Looking into the faces of his listeners, he speaks to them directly for the first time. “Blessed are you,” He says. (Frederick Buechner)

 

Reflections on this Beatitude:
Which of the four versions do you most resonate with?
Have you ever been persecuted (or belittled or questioned or mocked or written off) for your commitment to faith or to God?

 

How did it change you?

 

What could you do to “side with Heaven” in your current life, even if it caused you some pain?

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