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Listening at the Church of the Beatitudes

 
MT 5:1 Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them, saying:

  MT 5:3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

  MT 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

  MT 5:5 Blessed are the meek,  for they will inherit the earth.

  MT 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

  MT 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

  MT 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

  MT 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called sons of God.

  MT 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    MT 5:11 "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.


 
 
The Church of the Beatitudes is on a small hill overlooking the Sea of Galilee near Tabgha and Capernaum in Israel. It was built on the traditional site of Jesus' delivery of the Sermon on the Mount.

 

 
 
the altar at the centre of the church

 
 
 

 
beautiful stained glass windows with the words of the Beatitudes

 
 
 
The natural formation of the land near the Sea of Galilee makes a wonderful amphitheater

 
 
Apparently if you speak at a certain site in the natural amphitheater, your voice may carry far. Jesus may have sat and preached from a rock such as these above.


    MT 5:13 "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.

    MT 5:14 "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

 

Stained glass windows at the base of the dome of the Church of the Beatitudes

 
 
3 beati pauperes spiritu quoniam ipsorum est regnum caelorum
 
  MT 5:3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 
 

 
4 beati mites quoniam ipsi possidebunt terram
 
  MT 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
 

 
5 beati qui lugent quoniam ipsi consolabuntur
 
  MT 5:5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
 

 
6 beati qui esuriunt et sitiunt iustitiam quoniam ipsi saturabuntur

 
  MT 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
 
    for they will be filled.
 
 
 
7 beati misericordes quia ipsi misericordiam consequentur
 
  MT 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
 

 
8 beati mundo corde quoniam ipsi Deum videbunt
 
  MT 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
 

 
9 beati pacifici quoniam filii Dei vocabuntur
 
  MT 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
 

 
10 beati qui persecutionem patiuntur propter iustitiam quoniam ipsorum est regnum caelorum
 
  MT 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

22 December 2012

 

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