Reflecting on current events, we are witnesses to the drama and struggle represented by the Beatitudes in our own time. Consider the demonstrations in Egypt. There we can see the human longing expressed in the Beatitudes set before us in cable television and the Internet. May God, the compassionate, the merciful, bless them and keep them. May their desires be granted, Inshallah.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.