Daily Reading: Saint Matthew 5:1-12

When he saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.
He began to teach them, saying:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Courtesy DailyGospel.org
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One Response to “Daily Reading: Saint Matthew 5:1-12”

  1. Guy Stevenson Says:

    “The Sermon on the Mount is just the prelude to the Drama of Calvary. Contrast the Beatitudes with what we might call the beatitudes of the world; the one is the antithesis of the other. The world says: “Blessed are the rich”; Christ says: “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” The world says: “Blessed are the mighty”; Our Lord says: “Blessed are the meek.” The world says: “Laugh and the world laughs with you”; Christ says: “Blessed are they that mourn.” The world says: “Be for yourself and your country right or wrong”; Christ says: “Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice.” The world says: “ Sow your wild oats, you are young only once; blessed is the sex appeal”; Christ says: “Blessed are the clean of heart.” The world says: “In time of peace prepare for war”; Christ says: “Blessed are the peacemakers.” The world says: “Blessed are those who never suffer persecution”; Christ says: “Blessed are they that suffer persecution.” The world says: “Blessed is popularity”; Christ says: “Blessed are ye when they shall revile you and persecute you and speak all that is evil against you for My sake.” In so many words the Sermon on the Mount placed an irreconcilable opposition between the world and Christ.”

    ~Fulton J. Sheen, The Life Of All Living, (1929). [Ref: Matthew 5:5-12]

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