As you know, we are all on a bit of a journey now. In every way, we are a people in the midst of great transformation. We are a people who have encountered God and are now called forth – not simply to do, but TO BE the people we are called to be.
Today’s readings offer us a powerful message as we begin to better understand our own servanthood and calling. The Gospel is one we know as the Beatitudes, but my fear is that we do not know them as we should. They are the most profound and fundamental lessons of Jesus – the very basic necessitates of the Christian life. They are his teachings about how we are to live the joy that Christ promised. They are how we live with ultimate freedom and receive the promises of God.
And yet, when I ask most people to name the basic tenants of Christianity, they do not name the Beatitudes; but rather, the 10 commandments. Folks, let us make that correction now, because it fundamentally changes how we understand our relationship with God. The 10 commandments were the starting place, given to the Hebrew people so that they may one day be able to receive salvation through Jesus Christ. But they were never meant to be the beginning and the end of the Christian life; just as the law was never meant to lead us to joy on its own.