Modern Day Beatitudes
Blessed are the strange, the weird, the people we
laugh at, those who do not fit our mold, especially the socially
wretched and despised. By their presence in our lives, they expand our
reality—on our part, reluctantly and on theirs, so painfully—by forcing
us to look at them in the hope that we see the God in them.
Blessed are the depressed and the addicted for they
are called upon to demonstrate the healing miracles of God through their
Blessed are the broken, those who fail, those who
fall below our expectations for they are asked to show the rest of us
that not being perfect is part of the human condition—that accepting our
imperfection is the first step in our realization of the divine
perfection of all that is.
Blessed are the nameless, the faceless the
dispossessed—the refugees, the homeless and the poor for they point us
to the way to compassion. By their sheer numbers, they tell us that
ultimately, the experience of compassion is inescapable.
Blessed are the cruel, the calloused and uncaring,
for on some deep unconscious level, they choose to delay their own
liberation so that others may be ‘enlightened’ by their example.
Blessed are those who arouse us to anger, who bring
out the worst in us, for they force us out of the denial that we harbor
within—that we are hooked on them, that they resonate with something
hidden inside us, and to break free, we must let go of our misguided
Blessed are those who cause us to suffer repeatedly
by their mistakes, for they are our tutors who spend valuable time so
that we learn our lessons well.
Blessed are those who do not seem to have a life,
and especially those who do not have a choice—those who are physically
debilitated, paralyzed or in a coma and cannot move, for they bring us a
message that is lost in this age of frenzy—that to be worthy of God’s
love, we need not strive to do or achieve anything, but simply be.
Blessed are all of us, for whatever condition we
find ourselves in, we can choose to remember our true nature, our
original blessing, our timeless grace—anytime, any place, and always—and be happy in our Oneness.
(Lifted from ‘Between Blinks–More Random Takes on Everything’, by Jim Paredes