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Beatitudes: Matthew 5:3-11

Blessed Are The Pure in Heart


Verse 8:

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. (NRSV)


You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world. (The Message)


Aligned with the One are those whose lives radiate from a core of love; they shall see God everywhere. (Aramaic)


To be pure in heart means to live in congruity between your inner life and your outer life; it means to live from an awareness of the Sacred Source who is pulsing in your own heart and in the world around you, moment by moment. Where in your life do you have a longing for integrity and for seeing God more clearly in each moment? (Christine Paintner, The Artist’s Rule)


Who does Jesus choose to commend? Not the totally pure but the “pure in heart,” to use Jesus’ phrase, the ones who may be as shop-worn and clay-footed as the next one but have somehow kept some inner freshness and innocence intact. (Frederick Buechner, Whistling in the Dark)



Reflections on this beatitude

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

When has your life radiated from a place of love and you noticed?

How has it felt for you to have your inner life and outer life be congruent?

How do you show a longing for more of God?

How do you keep an inner freshness, despite all of life’s challenges?

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



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