#LENT: Looking @ The Beattitudes

On this Lenten Sunday Virginia is dusting off something she shared during her 1st post-a-day Lent gig (7 years ago.) Here’s an inspiring interpretation of the Beattitudes of Jesus Christ from favorite Scripture scholar, J.B. Phillips.

‘Exposition on the Beattitudes’ 

Most people think:

Happy are the pushers: for they get on in the world.

Happy are the hard-boiled: for they never let life hurt them.

Happy are they who complain: for they get their own way in the end.

Happy are the blasé: for they never worry over their sins.

Happy are the slave drivers: for they get results.

Happy are the knowledgeable men of the world: for they know their way around.

Happy are the trouble-makers: for people have to take notice of them.

But Jesus Christ said:

Happy are those who realize their spiritual poverty: they have already entered the kingdom of Reality.

Roses by the Sea of Galilee

Happy are they who bear their share of the world’s pain: in the long run they will know more happiness than those who avoid it.

Happy are those who accept life and their own limitations: they will find more in life than anybody.

Happy are those who are ready to make allowances and to forgive: they will know the love of God.

Happy are those who are real in their thoughts and feelings: in the end they will see the ultimate Reality, God.

Happy are those who help others to live together: they will be known to be doing God’s work.”    (J.B. Phillips)

grace, peace & attitude adjustments

Virginia : )

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17 Responses to #LENT: Looking @ The Beattitudes

  1. Garfield Hug says:

    Nice share Virginia. I like this alot. 😊

  2. Cjo says:

    I also appreciate the Beatitudes in the Message.
    Thank you, I love the Beatitudes. Thank you, Jesus for your sermon and teaching.

    • Virginia says:

      That’s a great way to read them, too, Carol-Jo. I also like the Message – & the JB Phillips New Testament translation (of just about everything in the NT!) Hugs! ✨📚✨

  3. Cindy Kranich says:

    I don’t remember this … great words to challenge and beautiful pictures to inspire. Thanks! 🙏💖

    • Virginia says:

      Thanks Cin! I’ve been a J.B. Phillips groupie for eons – I took Papa’s New Testament edition overseas (with his blessing) & now it’s a bit worn out. Blessings & hugs! ✨🌟📚🌟🤗🌟📚✨

  4. My Carmel says:

    Love it! Thank you Virginia! ❤

    • Virginia says:

      Thanks Patty – I had this up on my wall years ago when I lived in Bethlehem. Still find it relevant today, Blessings & hugs! 🌟🌷💜🌷🌟

  5. TMH says:

    I treated this as a pleasant weekend-ending prayer. Thanks. [Well, not the first set of beatitudes, which really are more like ‘D’-attitudes.

    • Virginia says:

      Right on, Tim (about the ‘D-attitudes.’) I’ve been a J.B. Phillips groupie for a (very) long time. His translation of the New Testament is a fav & his book “Your God is Too Small” influenced me years ago in a major way. Blessings! 🌟✨📚✨🌟

  6. especially loved this one.

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