Second Beatitude February 11, 2014 – Posted in: Uncategorized
“Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.”
Jesus addresses those who have come to a certain awareness; they are ” the people who mourn”. The second half of the promise for that is presented in future tense; “they will be comforted.” It’s very important to notice the first half, “the mourning”, as a continual process until the return of Christ.
We have to acknowledge that even though the reign of Heaven (Matthew 5:3) is ours we also have to understand that sin and evil is still abundant. The full comfort is not yet and that’s why we mourn. We mourn for ourselves who are “poor in spirit”, for the church, and for the world. The promise we will receive will not come to us until the end of days.
Paul summed it up pretty good in Romans 8:24-25:
“For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is not seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not have, we wait for it patiently.”
I find it interesting that through Jesus’ Blessings there’s present time promises fulfilled and future promises obtained at end times. Our continual mourning I believe is a tool for us, a soften heart, to realize all those who are broken / lost, the ones who don’t realize they are “poor in spirit” who haven’t heard the Good News, that we need to plant the seed for them. Spread the Good News.