The Concluding Beatitude

"Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake." The study of the concluding beatitude in Christ Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, in its relation to the Beatitudes as a whole, suggests preeminently the thought of reward; more especially is this done by the lines, "Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven."

In the preceding beatitudes our Master has pointed us to qualities of divine Mind, the unfoldment and application of the understanding of which brings specific blessings. Each beatitude implies a provision and a promise. The poor in spirit—the receptive in thought—shall experience the reign of harmony; they that mourn—are truly repentant—shall be comforted; the meek—those who realize the all-power of God, good—shall inherit the fruits of this understanding; they that hunger and thirst after righteousness—right thinking and acting—shall be satisfied; the merciful shall truly receive in the measure that mercy has been shown by them; the pure in heart—followers of Truth—do walk with God; the peacemaker shall realize man's oneness with the divine Mind; and blessed are they that willingly endure persecution rather than surrender one quality of this divine Mind, obedience to which goes to make up the sum of right thinking or righteousness. In the concluding beatitude the thought contained in the preceding beatitudes crystallizes into a direct demand for more consecrated action, and the conditions of the reward grow more exacting.

October 10, 1925

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