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Lent Day 5: Jesus

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Jesus: Blessed Lent
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.

(Matt. 5:3-11)

Reflection question

1. How do I live up to (or fail to live up to) the Beatitudes?

2. Do I ignore any of the people Jesus talks about as blessed by God?

3. What do Jesus' words in Matthew have to do with my preparation for Lent?