It is very fitting that we reflect on the Beatitudes today. Why? Because all the saints lived the Beatitudes in one way, shape or form. Each Beatitude begins with the word blessed. Some translations use the word happy instead. But scholars like Rabbi Steven Schwarzschild object. “Happy is not good enough,” he says. Blessed means “you aren’t lost; you are on the right path the Creator intends for you to be on.”
The first Beatitude, for example, says “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” Here the word poor does not mean destitute. It means, on a deeper level, to be powerless or helpless. That describes all of us in matters that really count—such as health, the future and even some relationships. Ultimately, we are on the right path, we are blessed when we humbly acknowledge our dependency on God’s goodness and love.
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