I was thinking of the word “beatitudes” and wondered what it was derived from, how may times I have heard it in my life and just though “Oh, it’s that list with ‘blessed are the…'”. I have even printed the list of them on parchment and gave to my mother to frame. But I don’t think I have ever really thought about them the right way. One of my pastors, Paul, gave a sermon on them two weeks ago, and what he said really made sense to me and I have been pondering the sermon but also pondering the word, “beatitudes” and it’s etymology (where the word came from). This is what I found:
1491, “supreme happiness,” from L. beatitudo “state of blessedness,” from beatus “happy, blessed,” pp. of beare “make happy.” As “a declaration of blessedness” (especially in ref. to the Sermon on the Mount) it is attested from 1526.
To me, for the last two weeks, I have been hearing it this way: Be Attitude – it’s makes it simple for me to remember…they are the attitudes to be….hmmmmm..makes more sense now 🙂
I have listed them below although I know most of you know them…
Blessed are the poor in spirit, (be humble)
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, (be like Christ)
for they shall be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for
the sake of righteousness, (be glad even when you are persecuted)
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven