I recently read a blog post by Piero Falci where the author attempted to recast the Beatitudes in today’s language and invited the reader to do the same, so I decided to conclude my series on the Beatitudes with my version:
Blessed are the humble, those lacking pride, those who are sorry for their sins: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the misfits – the poor, the immigrant, the homeless, the mentally ill: for they shall inherit the land.
Blessed are the victims of war and violence: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the oppressed, those suffering from racism, prejudice, and exclusion, and those considered expendable: for they shall have their fill of justice.
Blessed are they who forgive their enemies, family, and friends, and who try to see the good in everyone: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are those with good intentions, those who offer assistance to those in need, look into the eyes of the homeless, welcome the excluded; those who step lightly on this planet, and respect all of His creation: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers and those who turn away from all forms of violence, marginalization, and scapegoating: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are you who are violated, cheated, threatened, harmed, excluded and ignored: for your reward is great in heaven.
What do you think of my version of the Beatitudes? Perhaps you have a version of your own you would like to share? Please send me your comments.
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