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The Beatitudes

Book, Chapter 19  (Faith First)
Book, Chapter 20 (Be My Disciples)

In this chapter we discuss the following topics: 
 
 

The Sermon on the Mount

The Beatitudes

The Sermon on the Mount

One day during His ministry Jesus gave clear guidelines to His apostles and to the bystanders about the way God wanted us to live. In our Church, this event is referred to as the "Sermon on the Mount" and it is described in chapters 5, 6, and 7 of Matthew. He did not promise that whoever is baptized, or go to Mass every Sunday would be saved. Instead, He said:
 

The Beatitudes

  • Blessed are the poor in spirit
  • Blessed are those who mourn
  • Blessed are the meek
  • Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness
  • Blessed are the merciful
  • Blessed are clean of heart
  • Blessed are the peacemakers
  • Blessed are the persecuted for the sake of righteousness


I referred to this when at the beginning of the course I said: "Jesus is our saviour, but are we saved?" Thus "Blessed" are the only people who will receive the rewards promised in the Kingdom of God; i.e. those that would be saved. And since Jesus possessed, and lived all these qualities, and Christians are supposed to be like Jesus, hence, only those who possess these qualities are Christians.

It follows that "Not all who are baptized are Christians, but not all Christians are baptized!" With reference to this, during his evangelization seminar one PME father pointed out that often times we are surrounded by baptized pagans. Another father during his homily used an example of Mahatma Gandhi, a revered Indian politician, who was a Hindu, yet lived the gospel of Christ.


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