March 1, 2009
of Jesus
I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.
Jesus On
by Michele / March 2009
Jesus' words are rendered in red.  The topic words are highlighted in purple for your attention.

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The Beatitudes

Matthew 5
[1] Now having seen the crowd he went up to the mountain, and having sat, his disciples came to him.

[2] And having opened his mouth he taught them saying:

[3] Blessed are the poor in the spirit
For theirs is the kingdom of the heavens.

[4] Blessed are those mourning,
For they will be comforted.

[5] Blessed are the humble,
For they will inherit the land. 

[6] Blessed are those hungering and thirsting for justice,
 For they will be filled.

[7] Blessed are the merciful,
For they will be shown mercy.

[8] Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they will see God.

[9] Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they will be called [the] sons of God.

[10] Blessed are those persecuted because of justice,
For theirs is the kingdom of the heavens.

Jesus' Invitation

Matthew 11
[25] In that opportune-time Jesus answered saying: I confess to you, O father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these [things] from the wise and intelligent, and have revealed these [things] to the childish.

[26] Yes, O father, for thus [your] purpose came to pass before you.

[27] Everything has been delivered to me by my father, and no one knows the son except the father, nor does anyone know the father except the son and [the one] to whom the son intends to reveal [him].

[28] Come to me all [you who are] exhausted and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

[29] Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your psyche-lives.

[30] For my yoke is kind and my burden is light.

Questions About the Greatest

Matthew 18
[1] In that hour the disciples came to Jesus saying: Who then is greater in the kingdom of the heavens?

[2] And when he called [a] child he stood him in their midst

[3] and said: Truly I say to you, unless you turn and become as the child, you will not enter into the kingdom of the heavens.

[4] Whoever therefore humbles himself as this child, this is the greater in the kingdom of the heavens.

[5] And whoever receives [one] such child in my name receives me.

The Humble Will Be Exalted

Matthew 23
[1] Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples

[2] saying: Upon the seat of Moses the scribes and Pharisees sit.

[3] All therefore that they say to you, do and keep, but do not be doing according to their deeds, for they say and do not do.

[4] They bind heavy burdens and place them on the shoulders of men, but they will not move them with their finger.

[5] But all their works they do to be seen by men, for the enlarge their phylacteries and lengthen their hems,

[6]And they philia-love the place of honor in banquets and the first seats in the synagogues

[7] and the salutations in the synagogues and to be called by men Rabbi.

[8] But do not be called Rabbi, for one is your teacher, and all [of] you are brothers.

[9] And do not call [anyone] your father on the earth, for one is your father in the heavens.

[10] neither be called leaders, for your leader is one, the Christ.

[11] But the greater of you will be your servant.

[12] But whoever exalts himself shall be humbled, and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.

On Seeking Seats of Honor

Luke 14
[7] But he was saying to those invited [a] parable, noticing how they were choosing the first seats, saying to them:

[8] Whenever you be invited by someone to [a] wedding, do not recline in the first seat, lest one more honored than you be invited by him,

[9] and coming the [one] having invited you and him will say to you: Give to this [one] the place, and then you begin with disgrace to be occupying the last place.

[10] But whenever you be invited, having proceeded you recline in the last place, in order that when he come the [one] having invited you will say to you: Friend, move up higher. Then it will be to you glory before all those reclining with you.

[11] For everyone exalting himself will be humbled, and the [one] humbling himself will be exalted.

[12] But he was also saying to the [one] having invited him: Whenever you do [a] lunch or [a] dinner, be not calling your friends or your brothers or your relatives or your rich friends or your brothers or your relatives or your rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and it become recompense to you.

[13] But whenever you would do [a] banquet, be calling poor, crippled, lame, blind,

[14] and you will be blessed, because they do not have to repay you. For it will be repaid to you in the resurrection of the just.

The Parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector

Luke 18
[9] But he also said this parable to some having believed upon themselves that they are just and despising the rest:

[10] Two men went up to the temple to pray, the one [a] Pharisee and the other [a] tax gatherer.

[11] The Pharisee having stood prayed these [things] towards himself: O God, I thank you that I am not as the rest of men, rapacious, unjust, adulterous, or even as this tax gatherer.

[12] I fast twice during the Sabbath, and I tithe all that I acquire.

[13] But the tax gatherer having stood afar off did not want to raise his eyes to heaven, but he was beating his chest saying: O Lord, be merciful to me the sinner.

[14] I say to you this one went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone exalting himself will be humbled, but the [one] humbling himself will be exalted.

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