Beatitudes for the Disciple
Blessed are those who know they need God and call Him “Father,” for the temptations of the world will never seduce them. They shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they who have suffered injustice, the injustice of an unfair wage, of a negligent child, of a brother or sister who has never done their fair share, but demand more than anyone else, blessed are they who have suffered all this and more but have not succumbed to bitterness and resentment, for they are true sons and daughters of God.
Blessed are those who sacrifice themselves daily for the sake of their family, who work at tedious jobs to put food on the table and care for their children, who sit up all night with a child who has the croup, for their reward in heaven will be great. Blessed are those who comfort the sorrowing, who call up a friend who is sick, who attend the funeral of a loved one or with a loved one, who makes a casserole for a family who has suffered death, who calls up a friend who is hurting, even though they know that friend can talk the leg off a lamb and will go on and on forever and ever with their woes, blessed are they, for they will be called a children of God. Blessed are those for whom the riches of this world just aren’t that important, and know that if they have love in their lives, they have all they truly need, they will be known as the pure of heart.
Beatitudes for the Family
Blessed is the soccer mom who drives her children to more sports events than ever imaginable, one day she will rest in the bosom of Abraham. And hand him the car keys. Blessed is the older teenager, who offers to babysit the younger siblings so that mom and dad can take a night off and go on a date, that child will be loved forever! Blessed are the children who do their homework, clean their rooms, and go to bed when their parents tell them to; through them, their parents will grow in holiness, thinking that the end must be near. Blessed is the family who lets dad watch the football game in peace, because everybody knows that God loves Notre Dame too. Blessed is the husband who comes home from a long day of work, and is dead tired himself, but sees a tired, frazzled wife, and he decides to cook dinner instead of her; he will go right to heaven when he dies. Even if dinner was just hot dogs. And blessed is the family who once a week turns off the TV, shuts off the internet, puts away the cell phones, texts no one, and spends a meal together, for they will grow in love.