Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:1-12

One of the small regrets from my Israel trip (if it’s much of a regret!) is not having been able to walk on the hillside where Jesus probably preached the Sermon on the Mount. They don’t know exactly which spot it would have been anyway, though. Many sites in Israel are that kind of site: “Probable.”

It was wonderful to see the area, and the view of the Galilee was lovely, but the hillside that has the acoustics that would have allowed for such a sermon to be heard by thousands is down the hill from the site of the church pictured. In the photo on the upper right, the slope is steep but can’t quite be seen from the photo.

The Church of the Beatitudes is a verrrrry tiny 8sided church . . . one for each beatitudes. Pastor Steve gave a stirring message to us all as we sat under a tree that day.

This week, was the perfect time for me to work on this layout; in my Bible Study Fellowship class, we’re studying Matthew 5 this week.