Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Ninth Beatitude

I ran across a quotation which encouraged a bit of research.

'Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed' was the ninth beatitude. ~ Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

Pope was an English poet, man of letters, and satirist. He is noted most for his interest in the Greek classics and his translation of Homer's Illiad and Odyssey.

His above quotation provides an opportunity to reflect on our often inflated expectations and dreams. If only we can learn to accept what occurs without wishing for some idyllic scenario. Within acceptance there is the opportunity for greater personal contentment?

What are the eight beatitudes as proclaimed by Jesus on the Sermon on the Mount?

"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." ~ Matthew 5: 3-10