The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-11) are some of the most familiar and important words Jesus ever spoke. After all, this is how he began his most important sermon: the Sermon on the Mount. Yet for all their familiarity, they are still confusing to us: How are the poor blessed? Why are the meek blessed? And the persecuted? Those who mourn??? If we are going to understand the meaning behind these words, then we are going to have to do some deep thinking and study. Join us this February as we delve into these crucial, mysterious words of Christ.
Canon Robert Hurkmans was the priest at St. James and St. Brendan from 2006 to 2018.