The Beatitudes

Many who have no immediate need for the healing of grief caused by bereavement or other afflictive circumstances may be tempted to pass by the beatitude, "Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted," as not touching their experience. Jesus, however, included it in his famous discourse, and it is generally accepted that his teachings are intended for all who are receptive.

The Master designated as "blessed" states of thought which are necessary for human progress, and each beatitude shows the spiritual reward resulting from improved thinking. While it is not difficult to see that to be meek, merciful, and pure is to attain to blessed states of thought, it is more difficult, perhaps, to see any blessedness in mourning. At this point we may ask ourselves whether Jesus, whose work it was to heal all manner of evil, including grief, would be likely to regard unhappiness as a virtue to be rewarded, or whether he had some deeper lesson to teach.

"Praise ye the Lord!"
May 9, 1936

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