BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO TRY
Today, we find Jesus in his best teaching moment – the sermon on the mount – the beatitudes. They are the road map for Christian living; the revelation of God’s justice and Truth; a blueprint for holiness.
But the problem is that many of us have bought into the popular interpretation of attitudes believing these are prescriptions for how we should be. If we trace “Blessed” back to the original Aramaic that Jesus would have used, the word is “Ashray” from the verb “Yashar”. Far from a passive attitude, “ashray” means to set yourself on the right way for the right goal.
So if understand the Beatitudes in this way, they are better understood as “Get up, go ahead, do something, move, you who are hungry and thirsty for justice; you who desire peace. Move, do something, you who desire mercy; you who long to comfort.”
This sermon is about the teacher empowering the students to do more than just be. This is not a passive lesson, but a demand for action.
CLICK HERE for the Readings for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Zephaniah 2.3, 3.12-13; 1 Corinthians 1.26-31; Matthew 5.1-12)