The Beatitudes – the blessed and the not so blessed. In these verses Jesus asks us to re-think, to re-imagine, what the world has taught us about the rich and the poor, the haves and the have-nots, the powerful and the powerless. No small feat given the way we see the wealthy and the powerful portrayed in today’s society where we measure being “blessed” by what we accumulate and acquire. And it’s up to us to be sure that Jesus’ teachings are realized in the here and now. It’s our job to be the liberators for those oppressed by society’s notions of “blessed.”
This week look closely at the way the media and pop culture portray the “blessed” in today’s world. For every news item you read about society’s blessed find a story about Jesus’ blessed.