As Lent begins we will journey through the Beatitudes of Jesus with a new series entitled:
Many years ago a Jewish rabbi offered the most delicious words ever preached to a hungry crowd. The words, now known as “The Sermon on the Mount,” offered a glimpse of the Kingdom of God. More than that, Jesus shared a vision of exciting new possibilities of the blessed, abundant, grace-filled life that God offers to us all. You are invited on this Lenten adventure to Taste and See (Psalms 34:8) the goodness of God. You just need to come hungry.
So, what is a beatitude anyway? It comes from the Latin, beatus, which means be happy. The Greek, markarios, translates as, superabundant joy, or joy without equal. That in itself should get all our attention in a world that is severely lacking in both joy and happiness.
We begin with the first beatitude, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3 NIV
What does it mean to be poor in spirit?