Blessed are the poor in spirit

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Year A  -  4th Sunday in ordinary time

Blessed are the poor in spirit

Blessed are the poor in spirit Catholic Gospels - Matthew, Luke, Mark, John - Inspirations of the Holy Spirit Matthew 5:1-12

1 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him.
2 Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7 "Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
8 "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
10 "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 "Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (NRSV)

Inspiration of the Holy Spirit - From the Sacred Heart of Jesus

4th Sunday in ordinary time - Blessed are the poor in spirit I gathered a large multitude and then I began to proclaim the happiness of my Kingdom. Despite the sufferings involved in living a life seeking God, despite the weakness of human nature, despite the obstacles to happiness, I came to bring hope to all those who suffer and to reassure them of my rewards.

Blessed are the poor in spirit, the kingdom of heaven is theirs. What they lack in human wisdom, they make up with their humble state, what they donít receive from others, I am willing to give to them, happiness and joy.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. The miseries of life bring tears to everyone, but every tear will be wiped out and no suffering will exist in my kingdom, eternal bliss awaits those who follow me.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. The riches of the world have perverted many hearts; the poor have been deprived of their share. Those who lack things in this life will have by contrast abundant celestial riches, and they will never be in need again. Happiness will be their lot.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. I came to give hope to those afflicted by injustice and, I am the Supreme Judge, I have heard their case and my verdict will make their hearts rejoice forever.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Mercy is the perfection of love, the most dear of my attributes. Those who imitate me will become like me. To those who forgive and give I will forgive gladly and give eternal riches.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. A very special place is prepared for the souls of those who seek to be perfect, who seek sanctity in order to please me. They will not only enjoy the beatific vision but their divine privileges will be far greater that anyone can imagine.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Nothing pleases me more than peace. Those who strive to bring peace to others are bringing my presence to their lives. They enjoy the fruits of the reconciliation between God and men, they will enjoy especial graces in Heaven for having spread my Kingdom of Peace.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Anyone who suffers on my account, will be consoled by my infinite joy, those who suffer and shed their blood for my sake become very much like me, the spotless sacrificial lamb.

Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Because I was persecuted, all those who follow me, take part of my cross and are maltreated the same way I was. My blessing is upon you all, you are my companions in the way of the cross, my eternal friends.

My consolation will be given to all those who suffer. I came to bring joy to the world; I took upon myself all the sufferings of the world in order to open up the infinite fountain of everlasting joy in heaven.

Author: Joseph of Jesus and Mary

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