mourning (the beatitudes, part 2)

“Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted” — Jesus, Matthew 5.4

MourningI’ve really struggled with this verse for the past few days. The writer of Hebrews was right when he said that the Word was sharper than a two-edged sword, because this one has been cutting me to pieces.

With each beatitude, the gulf is widened between the disciples and the crowds, and their call to come forth from the people is increasingly manifest. By “mourning” I believe that Jesus means those that refuse to be in tune with the world, or accommodate themselves to its standards. Such men mourn for the world. They mourn for its guilt, for its fate, and for its fortune.

While the world keeps its holiday, they stand aside; while the world sings, “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,” they mourn. The see very clearly that despite the party happening on board, the ship is sinking…

The world dreams of progress, of power and the future

The disciples meditate on the end, on the Last Judgement, and on the coming kingdom. To such heights the world cannot rise. And so the disciples are strangers in the world. They are unwelcome guests and disturbers of the peace…

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