THE GOSPEL LAW
The Gospel Law is found in Matthew chapters 5 to 7, and begins with the Beatitudes.”
“And seeing the multitudes, He went up into a mountain, and when He was set; and He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they who do hunger and thirst after justice, for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for justice’s sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake.
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,” Ordinarily poverty is not considered a blessing and usually we seek to escape poverty by working or begging. But it is not poverty itself that is being blessed, but it is the realization of our poverty of spirit that is indeed blessed, for we must struggle to become rich in the spirit of God. Poverty of spirit makes us feel deprived and naked , and thus moves us to seek wisdom and knowledge in accordance with the divine proverb: “Blessed is the man that has found wisdom, and the mortal that has seen prudence.” So those who are poor in sprit are blessed, not for their poverty, but for the realization of their poverty. Those who realize their poverty of spirit seek to acquire spirit so this is a beginning.
“Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
Those who are poor in spirit mourn their condition, being conscious of their misery and wretchednes in having transgressed the law of God. Their mourning attracts God’s mercy for He is good and is the only Lover of man. Worldly mournfulness does not attract God’s mercy, for worldly mourners seek not spirit but material things. But holy mournfulness attracts the grace of God.
“Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.”
The opposite of unreasonable anger is meekness, for the meek, having experienced the mercy and kindness of God do not become angry, but are filled with gratitude. Meekness is a social virtue and the meek become innocent lambs . They do not become angry neither do they take the law into their own hands. We must all become meek like Christ and inherit the earth over which God will reign forever.
“Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justice for they shall be filled.”