The Beatitudes

One of my favorite readings at mass has always been the Beatitudes. I think of them as reminder of how we should treat one another. As I sat through mass this evening, I couldn’t help but think of how un-christian like our president is being right now.


I haven’t gone to church in a few weeks. I have been disheartened and trying to find some reasons to get there but haven’t been able come up with any. I go through this now and then – doubting my religion and wondering where I belong. Tonight the mass intention was for my mother so my sister Kathi and I went to the service. One of the songs during mass was, “Blest are They” always a favorite of mine but also one my mom loved and sang proudly and loudly! It actually brought some tears to my eyes but to be honest I am not sure if they were for my mom or for my frustration over how our country is divided right now. Maybe a combination of both.

I got through most of the mass, listening to the readings (all based on the Beatitudes) thinking, as long as they don’t play mom’s absolute favorite, “Be Not Afraid” I would be fine. Kathi and I presented the gifts at mass and sure enough the song played. I couldn’t hold back my tears.

Here are the words of the hymn:

You shall cross the barren desert,
but you shall not die of thirst.
You shall wander far in safety,
though you do not know the way.

You shall speak your words in foreign lands,
and all will understand,
You shall see the face of God and live.

Be not afraid,
I go before you always,
Come follow Me,
and I shall give you rest.

If you pass through raging waters
in the sea, you shall not drown.
If you walk amidst the burning flames,
you shall not be harmed.

If you stand before the pow’r of hell
and death is at your side,
know that I am with you, through it all

Be not afraid,
I go before you always,
Come follow Me,
and I shall give you rest.

Blessed are your poor,
for the Kingdom shall be theirs.
Blest are you that weep and mourn,
for one day you shall laugh.

And if wicked men insult and hate you, all because of Me,
blessed, blessed are you!

Be not afraid,
I go before you always,
Come follow Me,
and I shall give you rest.

I couldn’t help my tears. I am afraid.

When I got home, I saw this statement from Pope Francis,

It’s hypocrisy to call yourself a Christian and chase away a refugee or someone seeking help, someone who is hungry or thirsty, toss out someone who is in need of my help. All nations must focus on service to the poorest, the sick (and) those who have abandoned their homelands in search of a better future for themselves and their families.”

This pope, who I have said since his first days, has intrigued me. His ways of thinking so different from so many popes of the past. I wonder what would happen if he and President Trump sat down and had a talk…

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