3. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
The souls who possess the first and second Beatitudes, poor in spirit and meekness, will be those who mourn due to personal sin. We recognize how much pain God feels when we sin. We learn that we need to improve. Therefore, this attitude increases our graces for the first Beatitude. In the third Beatitude, we can suffer in recognizing that other souls are not sensitive to their sins. The souls here are comforted from God because of the honesty of repenting of our sins.
- Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.
We now can see a boundary line between the first three Beatitudes and the last four. The first three are individualized and work on one’s own soul: Righteous people give to the community imitating Christ. We experience the need to help others grow spiritually. We are gentle and humble, meek, and not threatening. Others can feel Jesus in us. Because of these graces in us, meekness, etc. will be part of us, and we will become like Jesus who said, “Be like me.” The likeness of Jesus wants to share with others.
- Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Mercy is putting someone’s soul before anything else. With the virtues you possess, the Holy Spirit will guide and prompt what you need to say to help a soul. Truth is a mercy and what Jesus said about truth is that it will set us free. In the prayer Our Father as we forgive those who trespass against us, we have mercy for the people who hurt us. Just like the channel from God is open to us so that He can forgive us. We cannot expect an answer from God when we don’t show our mercy to others. We cannot show others the mercy of Jesus if we don’t live it ourselves. When we feel mercy, we are encouraged and can grow further. But a critical view of others will result in the opposite effect. We will be encouraging to others if only we have these virtues in us to share with others. Our first efforts and responsibilities are our personal holiness in growing with Jesus then our other obligations, such as parent, spouse, worker.
- Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
How do we see God? Some see Him in the things they must do according to obligations imposed by their churches. The soul that is far up the mountain and closer to God, not only perform the obligations from their churches, but they see God in relation to their own soul and how it is interacting with Him. When the soul remembers how it was at the beginning of the journey and can see the changes in the way it acted and responded, then it realizes how different and closer to God it is. Seeing God lets us become more like Him. Pure, clean hearts see God. If we carry prejudges against others, then how are we to see God? How do I get a clean pure heart? The first five Beatitudes. If I let these virtues grow in me and live and act them out, then I will be able to see God in a more authentic way. Pure in heart includes the mind, heart, will, and the whole person. And obedience, which is a scary word in these times. Accept one another instead of tolerating one another. We don’t outgrow the previous steps or Beatitudes, but we continue to grow with them by sharing with our families, churches, neighborhoods, etc. Am I letting the Holy Spirit grow in me? The more we see God, the more we can take another step up the mountain.
- Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Who is going to call you sons of God? Man? No! Only God can call us the sons and daughters of God. When Jesus appeared to the Apostles in the upper room after His resurrection, He said “Peace be with you.” Jesus is referring to himself as peace. If we have the beatitude attitude, we are the peacemakers. And Jesus remains with us.
- Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad for your reward will be great in heaven.
We can decide to take this journey up the mountain, learning the beatitude attitude.