The final four beatitudes tell us something that we all have longed to hear, but didn't dare to hope: a healed, transformed, and renewed life IS possible! Upon entering the Kingdom of God (Beatitudes 1-4) we now begin to see how our whole lives are transformed (Beatitudes 5-8). When Jesus declares, "Blessed are the merciful..." he is challenging us: Shouldn't we, who have received such mercy from God, not eagerly show mercy to others? When we do, we will discover that God's mercy transforms us into people of mercy. And the result? Healed relationships, forgiven hurts, and compassionate outreach for others. Join us as we continue our exploration of the world famous Beatitudes.
Canon Robert Hurkmans has been the minister at St. James and St. Brendan since 2006.