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Confirmation P2 Makeup Session for November 12th or 14th The Beatitudes from Matthew's Sermon on the Mount

We read the familiar words of Jesus in Matthew 5.1-12 called the Beatitudes. The Beatitudes begin what is called the Sermon on the Mount. In chapters 5-7, Jesus speaks about life in a way that startled his listeners. Many thought it was a sign of God's blessing to be rich, powerful, and content. They thought it was justified to respond to violence and oppression with violence and oppression.

Jesus' words continue to challenge us today. Pay attention to these hard words of Jesus. Christianity is not always easy, bit it is the only way for all people to live as sons and daughters of God. The challenge for us is to see life more and more the way God does, and then to live that vision!

 Use the the commentary below to help you understand the beatitudes and answer the questions below.

 Dialogued Prayer on the Beatitudes 

1. Lord Jesus, you said, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
Keep us from being overly occupied with money and worldly goods, and with trying to increase them at the expense of justice.

 2. Lord Jesus, you said, "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." Help us not to be ruthless with one another, and to eliminate the discord and violence that exists in the world around us.

 3. Lord Jesus, you said, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." Let us not be impatient under our own burdens and unconcerned about the burdens of others.

4. Lord Jesus, you said, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be filled." Make us thirst for you, the fountain of all holiness, and actively spread your influence in our private lives and in society.

5. Lord Jesus, you said, "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy." Grant that we may be quick to forgive and slow to condemn.

6. Lord Jesus, you said, "Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God." Free us from our senses and our evil desires, and fix our eyes on you.

7. Lord Jesus, you said, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God." Help us to make peace in our families, in our country, and in the world.

8. Lord Jesus, you said, "Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of justice, for the kingdom of heaven in theirs." Make us willing to suffer for the sake of right rather than to practice injustice; and do not let us discriminate against our neighbors and oppress and persecute them.

Reflection on Beatitudes (from the Auckland Catholic Youth Ministry Archive—author unknown)
1 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down his disciples came to him. 2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: 3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 5 "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. 6 "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. 7 "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. 8 "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 9 "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. 10 "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 "Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven

 Meditation:

What is the good life, and the ultimate end or purpose of life? Is it not happiness, which is none other than the complete good, the sum of all goods, leaving nothing more to be desired? Jesus addresses this question in his sermon on the mount. The word beatitude literally means "happiness" or "blessedness". What is the significance of Jesus' beatitudes, and why are they so central to his teaching? The beatitudes respond to the natural desire for happiness that God has placed in every heart. They teach us the final end to which God calls us, namely the coming of God's kingdom (Matt.
4:17), the vision of God (Matt. 5:8; 1 John 2;1), entering into the joy of the Lord (Matt. 25:21-23) and into his rest (Hebrews 4:7-11). Jesus' beatitudes also confront us with decisive choices concerning the life we pursue here on earth and the use we make of the goods he puts at our disposal. God alone satisfies. Do you seek the highest good, the total good, which is above all else? The beatitudes which Jesus offers us are a sign of contradiction to the world's understanding of happiness and joy. How can one possibly find happiness in poverty, hunger, mourning, and persecution? Poverty of spirit finds ample room and joy in possessing God as the greatest treasure possible. Hunger of the spirit seeks nourishment and strength in God's word and Spirit. Sorrow and mourning over wasted life and sin leads to joyful freedom from the burden of guilt and spiritual oppression. God reveals to the humble of heart the true source of abundant life and happiness. Jesus promises his disciples that the joys of heaven will more than compensate for the troubles and hardships they can expect in this world. Thomas Aquinas said: No one can live without joy. That is why a person deprived of spiritual joy goes after carnal pleasures. Do you know the happiness of hungering and thirsting for God alone? "Lord, increase my hunger for you and show me the way that leads to everlasting peace and
happiness. May I desire you above all else and find perfect joy in doing your will".


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Confirmation P2 November 12th Or 14th Makeup
The word beatitude means ________________________.*
The Beatitudes begins detailed teachings by Jesus. We call his speech the ______ on the _____.*
MATCH THE BEATITUDE TO SOMEONE OR SOME GROUP
Blessed are the poor...*
Why did you select this person?*
Blessed are the meek....*
Why did you select this person?*
Blessed are those who mourn...*
Why did you select this person?*
Blessed are those who hunger for justice...*
Why did you select this person?*
Blessed are the merciful...*
Why did you select this person?*
Blessed are the clean of heart...*
Why did you select this person?*
Blessed are the peacemakers...*
Why did you select this person?*
Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of justice...*
Why did you pick this person?*
Your full name*
Your regular meeting time (Su 6PM, Su 7:45 or Tu 7PM)*
Your email address*
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