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The "Be" Attitudes

Beatitudes (courtesy of Dictionary.com and the American Heritage New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, 3rd Edition) 
(bee-at-uh-toohdz, bee-at-uh-tyoohdz) Eight sayings of Jesus at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount. The word is from the Latin beatus, meaning “blessed,” and each of the Beatitudes begins with the word blessed. They include “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the Earth” and “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.”

I really appreciated today's meditation in Forward Day By Day on The Beatitudes.  The author paraphrased each "Blessed be" statement into something more tangible and thought-provoking.  I share this here now for any and all to benefit from it.  
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Matthew 5:1-10.
Then Jesus began to speak, and taught them, saying... 

"Do you acknowledge that you depend on God for everything? Blessed are you!

Do you live in solidarity with the poor, whom only God seems to care about? Blessed are you! 

Are you willing to see the world as it is and share God's grief for that, without seeking the phony consolations that the world provides? Blessed are you! 

Would you rather stay hungry for justice than fill your life with the "goods" that mainly serve to keep God at bay? Blessed are you! 

Are you willing to let God heal your frustrated anger and make you merciful to the cruel and the selfish? Blessed are you! 

Do you enter into the conflicts around you so as to make peace, instead of just keeping the world's version of it? Blessed are you!

Can you see the world as God sees it, with the single focus of his love for it, so you end up seeing God as well? Blessed are you! 

And when they beat you up for that (as they will), can you live in the joy of knowing that you were on the right side after all? Blessed are you!" 
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I think I have always heard or read this scripture as "The Be-Atitudes", as in the attitudes I should carry about with me, in me, for me and others.  Often I faIl short and fail miserably.  But each day we start anew.  If not today, then try again tomorrow.  If I can focus on them, I hope I might "be" a bit more Christ-like.  This is what Jesus Did.  That is what I should do. 

Indeed, Blessed are you!