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Blessed Holds You Together

This week’s Gospel reminded us of the Beatitudes, all the “Blessed are theys…” When pastors and teachers focus on the Beatitudes, they typically focus on the second part of each line. They reflect on what it means to be “poor in spirit,” to “hunger and “thirst,” or to be “meek.” But on Sunday, Pastor Jim considered what it means to be “blessed.” 

At one point, he said the following: “Blessed" holds you together.

I’ve always thought of my blessings as the things I’m grateful for, the things I’m fortunate to have. Counting my blessings is like re-enacting Thanksgiving dinner, the part when everyone goes around and says something they are thankful for. In the context of the Beatitudes, I’ve always interpreted “blessed” to refer to the last part of every line. Those who mourn are blessed by being comforted, those who hunger and thirst are blessed by being filled, etcetera, etcetera. 

But Pastor Jim’s words suggest something radically different.