Blessed to Follow: The Beatitudes As a Compass for by Martha Ellen Stortz

By Martha Ellen Stortz

In Matthew's Gospel, the Sermon at the Mount inaugurates Jesus' public ministry, and the 1st notice out of Jesus' mouth is 'blessed'. He repeats this observe all through his first sermon. Jesus calls his disciples via blessing them, and as he speaks, Jesus introduces himself to us but additionally introduces disciples to themselves, for the Beatitudes provide a personality caricature of who disciples becomes in the event that they persist with him.

The Beatitudes, says Martha Stortz, functionality as a compass for the adventure of Christian discipleship. the 1st staff of Beatitudes aim humans in occasions of ache. the second one workforce of Beatitudes objective those who aid those that endure. each one bankruptcy in Blessed to persist with is established round an identical trend: attract adventure; biblical tales; Jesus: the only blessing and the only blessed; disciples: blessed to be a blessing; perform: the blessing made real.

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