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Beatitudes: Meaning & Importance!
Transcript of Beatitudes: Meaning & Importance!
The word "beatitude" comes from the Latin beatitudo, meaning "blessedness.". The beatitudes were very important because they were the eight things that Jesus taught when folks walked with him.
The beatitudes were basically 8 sayings that would teach us how to live an ideal Christian/Catholic life. These teachings would simply describe the things we can do in our human life to get us closer and eventually reach God in our afterlife.
The beatitudes that were given to us by Jesus had one simple lesson and meaning that would help us live a good life, and live a life that will lead us to an everlasting life in heaven. The beatitudes are at the heart of Jesus’ preaching and they take up and fulfil the promises that God made starting with Abraham. Without these beatitudes our Catholic life wouldn't be the same as we would be lost and most of us wouldn't know how to live the way Jesus and God wants us to live to reach them in the afterlife.
The Eight Beatitudes
Blessed are the poor in spirit, 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, for they shall be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
The beatitudes have a major importance in Christian/Catholic lives, they are the words from Jesus that shed a light on our lives on how to know and meet God. In short, the beatitudes tell us that the good actions we do, we willl be rewarded in our afterlife, and through our lifetime, God will be there indirectly guiding us to him and Jesus Christ. As we go through our everyday life, we may not know it, but we may be following the 8 beatitudes that Jesus has set for us.
All the beatitudes that Jesus gave us were simple statements that can guide us to living a good life that will bring us to God's kingdom. When we follow all the beatitudes, we are living in the way that Jesus and God want us to live and we will get to know them in heaven. The importance of them are simple, yet lead us to where we want to end up. Everyday, we may not know it, but we may follow the beatitudes, and with just that, we're a step closer to God. The beatitudes are simple, but some people choose to go in the opposite direction of God and Jesus and may end up in a place without any contact from God.