In our country, all the unrest, division, anger, bitterness, rebellion, manipulation, deceit, and finger pointing from all sides reflects the role models we are revealing to our children and grandchildren. To top it off, we now have the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Interestingly, in the last week I have been studying the greatest sermon of all time referred to as the Sermon on the Mount and thought it helps serve as a mirror of reflection where we are compared to the teaching of the Messiah, Jesus Christ in the early stages of His earthly ministry.
The setting is called the Mount of Beatitudes, and although it is called Mountain it is one of several foothills leading from the Lower Galilee to the Upper Galilee. It is a most beautiful setting. Today at the top of the Mount is a Catholic nunnery as well as a beautiful chapel. The teaching is part of the mentoring and teaching for the disciples of Jesus but as always was for those present and for us as well.
As you review the Sermon, you will note the first four Beatitudes are about our attitude towards God, where the next four Beatitudes are about our attitude towards our neighbours. Noted below is the Sermon (NIV edition) from Matthew 5:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven,
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.
Rejoice and be glad because great is your reward in Heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
May we all reflect on the Lord’s teaching for us.
John Grady lives and writes in Fort St John.