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Beatitudes: Matthew 5:3-11

Blessed Are The Merciful

 

Verse 7:

Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. (NRSV)

 

You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-ful,’ you find yourselves cared for. (The Message)

 

Blessed are those who, from their inner wombs, birth mercy; they shall feel its warm arms embrace them. (Aramaic)

 

Those who are merciful are the ones who extend grace; they also receive grace in return. Where in your heart do you experience the longing for grace and mercy? Which part of you offers mercy and grace to others and which part resists? Christine Paintner, The Artist’s Rule

 

Who does Jesus choose to commend? Not the winners of great victories over Evil in the world but the ones who, seeing it also in themselves every time they comb their hair in front of the bathroom mirror, are merciful when they find it in others and maybe that way win the greater victory. Frederick Buechner, Whistling in the Dark

 

 

 

Reflections on this beatitude

Which of the five versions appeals to you now in your life?

Who has been most merciful to you in your life? How did it affect you?

Who do you feel the most mercy for at this moment? Why? What will you do?

What is your prayer for yourself and others around this beatitude?

 

 

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My brother and I had a brief reconciliation in which we reconnected and talked about our early family life. We got to a point of being able to talk to one another but in truth we never found a way to really be brother and sister. We loved one another but did not “like” one another. But it was, in the end, better than the estrangement we had experienced for about fifteen years. When he died I wrote an essay about how I learned to redeem his life of chronic alcoholism–and therefore part of my own. It’s called A Beam of Light. I will share that on the blog in the future.

Reflections on this poem:
How does this poem resonate with you–recognizing any pile of debris from your family?
Where are the glimmers of hope for you in your healing of family issues?
How has God been present to you on this journey?

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