Raising his eyes toward his disciples Jesus said:
“Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours.
Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who are now weeping, for you will laugh.
Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude and insult you, and denounce your name as evil on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice and leap for joy on that day! Behold, your reward will be great in heaven. For their ancestors treated the prophets in the same way.
But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.Luke 6:20-26
But woe to you who are filled now, for you will be hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now, for you will grieve and weep.
Woe to you when all speak well of you, for their ancestors treated the false prophets in this way.”
Blessed Are the Poor and Hungry
Turning the values of the world upside-down, Jesus extols the path of self-denial that leads to the kingdom of God. Empty, the “poor” and “hungry” yearn to be filled. Surfeited with worldly comforts, the rich and sated dull their desire for God. Jesus not only satisfies bodily hunger, as in his miracles of loaves and fish,1 but feeds the soul with heavenly teaching. “Blessed are the poor in spirit,” Matthew’s version reads, and “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness.”2
Blessed Are the Weeping
Echoing the ancient wisdom of Solomon, Jesus finds true mirth in the heart that mourns. Against effervescent frivolity and levity, eternal joy rises from the tomb with Christ, victorious over sin.
Sorrow is better than laughter;Ecclesiastes 7:3-4
when the face is sad, the heart grows wise.
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning,
but the heart of fools is in the house of merriment.
Blessed Are the Reviled
In the footsteps of the accursed Christ, disciples bear the shame of his cross, enduring mockery and insults.
Christ ransomed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who hangs on a tree.”Galatians 3:13
Blessed are those who bear Christ’s shame
And die for the sake of his name.
Traditional Chinese Translation
1 Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:34-44; 8:1-9.
2 Matthew 5:3, 6.