The Sermon on the Mount begins with Jesus giving a list of characteristics possessed by those whom God considers to be “blessed”. I say that God is the One who considers these to be blessed because most people wouldn’t.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit.”
“Blessed are those who mourn.”
“Blessed are the meek.”
To most of us the opposite is true, it’s the rich, the joyful, and the powerful that are rightly considered blessed. Jesus is describing a group of people to avoid. “You’ll never reach your full potential if you get too tangled up with those poor whiney mourners!”
I hope everyone will be able to join me this Sunday for, “Blessed Are They Who Mourn”.