The Beatitudes With Attitude

“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.”  Matthew 5:1-12 (NAB)
I heard a priest at the vigil mass last night explain the Beatitudes as an attitude rather then a blueprint for being Christian.  I never thought of them either way, but I believe he’s right.  They are more about attitude then anything else.
Attitude in faith can make or break you.  Some people are gloom and doom Christians and others tend to be more joyful in their beliefs.  I choose to be a happy Christian most of the time and when things get tough I find comfort in what I believe.
When I feel poor in spirit, I know things will get better.  When I have mourned for the sick or dying, I am comforted.  Meek?  I sort of have a problem with being meek!  I’m not the type of person who gets out there and protests for a cause, but I pray for those who do and when the results begin to happen it is a satisfying feeling and I greatly admire those who are willing to get out there and support something that they so firmly believe in.
I have been taught to be merciful, but I’m not always that way.  I have caught myself being unkind and regretted it.  However, when I have shown mercy towards someone the reward of their smile and change in attitude is enough.
Having a clean heart is something I work on everyday and I really can’t recall ever being in the roll of peacemaker.
I have been made fun of for my faith, but I just consider the source.
So, I will continue to rejoice and be glad and apply the Beatitudes with attitude!

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