Wednesday 25th June 2014
Photos uploaded on 27th June at Ecce Homo in Jerusalem.
Our fourth visit for the day was to the Mount of the Beatitudes, overlooking the Sea of Galilee. Here there is a lovely church commemorating the Beatitudes. They are part of the Sermon on the Mount, as reported in Matthew, Chapter Five:
5 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
There is another, perhaps more “punchy” version in Luke, Chapter Six, which adds corresponding “Woes”:
20 Then he looked up at his disciples and said:
“Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
21 “Blessed are you who are hungry now,
for you will be filled.
“Blessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.
22 “Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. 23 Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.
24 “But woe to you who are rich,
for you have received your consolation.
25 “Woe to you who are full now,
for you will be hungry.
“Woe to you who are laughing now,
for you will mourn and weep.
26 “Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.
The Church of the Beatitudes enjoys a spectacular location. It is high on the Mount of Beatitudes and overlooks the Sea of Galilee. It is situated in a garden with green lawns and trees which make it a thoroughly enchanting spot.
The church is an octagonal building, one side for each of the eight beatitudes.
These are featured in stained glass windows around the dome.
There are wide windows which provide wonderful panoramic views of the Sea of Galilee shimmering blue below.
The texts of the beatitudes are also carved on cut stones which are placed strategically around the gardens. There are altars where pilgrim groups can celebrate the Eucharist. We had Mass there together, read the beatitudes as scripture, and reflected on how we can better apply them in our lives.
For more information and photos of the Mount/Church of the Beatitudes see:
Shalom, Peace, Salaam!!!