Today I wish to direct your attention to a post by Chaplain Mike over at internetmonk.com in which he gives his own take on the Beatitudes which lead off Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-12).
In these verses, Jesus is just blessing everybody. The conventional wisdom around this well-known passage is that Jesus is laying down conditions on what you have to do or what state of mind you have to be in in order to be blessed. That is not it at all. Rather, Jesus is saying that if even the people who fall into these categories are blessed, then how much more can we be sure that the rest of us are blessed.