From Matthew and Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Jesus is the perfect example of being meek; however, meekness does not mean weakness. Jesus had a power unequaled before or since. Meekness does not mean weakness. Jesus loved us and taught us that God loves us; therefore, we should love one another. What greater blessing can we have?

From Luke we learn “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” Speaking of Mary, the message is not only for her. It is for all women who lovingly bring a child of God to birth. We all are children of God, which is our blessing through our mother’s womb from God. We love our mothers, and we love God; this is the step that begins our journey of loving all beings that are created by God, which means we love all of God’s blessed creation. I live in God’s creation; I know; I live; I am blessed.

I love the Greek word agape; the Greeks blessed us with this all-encompassing word, this all-encompassing love of the world and its people. This is the love that does not just happen; it is the choice we make, fulfilling Jesus’s second great commandment, acting in the fashion that brings well-being and God’s blessing to others.

We remember that Jesus begins all of his endearments in the Beatitudes with the words “blessed are the. . .). As we re-read and restudy these blessings, we are deep in the hands of God’s blessings for all of His creation. I am blessed, you are blessed, we all are blessed by God’s loving presence in our lives, in our communities, and in our world.

May God’s blessings shine within your hearts and soul.

© Russell Kendall Carter

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