paraphrased by Rev. Teri Daily
St. Peter's Episcopal Church
Blessed are the poor in spirit – those who are not arrogant, those who know that they cannot meet all of their own needs but must rely on something outside themselves – for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn – who open themselves to the pain of the world – for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek – those who are not defensive or reactive, but respond with calm, trusting in the goodness of God – for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness – those who align themselves with the oppressed and work on the side of what is right – for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful – those who forgive and treat others with compassion, those who welcome the stranger and care for the refugee – for they will receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart – those who are not double-minded but, instead, love God without reservation – for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers -- those who treat their opponents with care and respect, those who pray for their enemies, those who break down all kinds of walls – for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake – those who are deemed “losers” because they refuse to subscribe to the world’s ideology of success, power, and achievement – for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.