Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4 NABRE
Jesus is teaching his disciples, in the Sermon on the Mount. This blessing is for mourning. It seems strange that Jesus would mention mourning in the context of the other blessings. These teachings from Jesus are ways to live a better life. Why is mourning a path to a better life? Jesus is not speaking about those who are sad for the loss of their dog or even a loved one, although Jesus is the only source that could comfort in these circumstances. Jesus is speaking about those who mourn the state of the world, for those who don’t know Jesus, those who are not sure of where they belong. Disciples who work hard to preach Jesus and bring people to Jesus are naturally mournful because they know those without Jesus in their life are missing a great gift. This mourning is for those who are alone, for the world because of those who are not part of the Body of Christ. There is also mourning by those who recognize their own sinfulness, knowing they are creating separation between themselves and God. Those who know Jesus deeply and fully know how sad it is to be without Him. It is a sadness that can’t be fixed without the comfort from Jesus. Imagine at the end of your life you enter the Kingdom of Heaven and upon your arrival you recognize that someone you love is not there, your spouse, child or parent. This will be a great sadness, which only can be comforted by God.
Jesus knows as we become more and more attracted and close to Him we will discover this sadness of knowing not everyone has chosen to be close to God. Their lives will be incomplete and they probably are not even aware. We weep when we recognize this condition. But Jesus tells us we will be comforted. It is like Jesus is saying He has it under control.
Do you mourn for those far from God? Do you mourn your own sin?Jesus knows as we become more and more attracted and close to Him we will discover this sadness of knowing not everyone has chosen to be close to God. Their lives will be incomplete and they probably are not even aware. Click To Tweet
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