Jesus also says, “Blessed are the meek in this world that, from the beginning, is a world of war, a world where people everywhere fight, where there is hatred everywhere”, the Pope said.
Jesus, however, wants people to be meek, even if everyone “will think that I’m a dolt”.
The world has become all about “business” and deal-making while “so many people suffer” from so many injustices.
Even though “it’s very easy to slip into corrupt cabals” and fall into the “daily politics of ‘do ut des’,” the give-and-take of exchanging favours, blessed were those who hungered and thirsted for righteousness, who fought for justice, the Pope said.
Jesus never said, “Blessed are those who wreak revenge”, but rather, blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Those who forgave, understood the mistakes others had made, the Pope said, underlining how “we are all part of an army of people who have been forgiven. We have all been forgiven.”
He said blessed were the clean of heart, those who had “a simple heart” and a heart that “knows to love with purity”, for they would see God.
Today, it was all too common to be “makers of war or at least makers of misunderstanding”, the Pope said. Instead, blessed were the peacemakers.
Gossip and backstabbing were another form of warmongering, he said.
“These people who gossip do not make peace, they are enemies of peace. They are not blessed,” he said.
Blessed were they who were persecuted for the sake of righteousness, he said, as theirs was the kingdom of heaven.
Pope Francis said the beatitudes were “the program of life that Jesus offers us”.
He said, “If we want something more, Jesus also gives us other instructions” in the “Judgment of the Nations” in later chapters of St Matthew’s Gospel.
People should remember the “protocol by which we will be judged” – by what everyone had done or did not do for the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the ill and the imprisoned, he said.
He asked that people find the time to read the beatitudes and the final judgment “once, twice, three times”.
By following these two teachings, “you can live a holy Christian life”, the Pope said.
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