(Matthew 5:3-10)

COMMENT: These words of Jesus Christ are to me the most beautiful and compassionate of his teachings. They offer both consolation for the heaviness of the human experience, as well as guidance for creating loving behavior.

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Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs' is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.