The Beatitudes are among the literary and religious treasures of the human race. We can savor them, affirm them, meditate on them, and engrave them on plaques to hang on our walls. But a major question remains: How are we supposed to live in response to them?
This isn’t an idle question. Misunderstanding the “blesseds” given by Jesus in Matthew 5 has caused pain and confusion down through the ages that continues today.
Strangely enough, his blesseds have not uniformly been a blessing.
It’ll help us know what to do—and what not to do—with the Beatitudes if we can discover what Jesus himself was doing with them.