"Then the King will say to those on his right,
'Come, you who are blessed by my Father;
take your inheritance,
the kingdom prepared for you
since the creation of the world."

 

We are all born with a restless desire to be happy, unfortunately many seek everlasting happiness in creatures. Some seek everlasting happiness in the pursuit wealth, power, sex, honors and human love. Others crave the newest style clothes, computer, tablet, iphone, camera, car, etc. But all these pursuits can never satisfy the human soul which has an infinite desire to be happy.

The word "Blessed" in the beatitudes indicates happiness which transcends our present world or as stated above, "Come, you who are blessed by my Father." In the beatitudes Christ spells out the spiritual attitudes which will bring us relative happiness on earth and everlasting happiness of heaven.

 

 

Blessed are the poor in spirit
--for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
--for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
--for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those
-- who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
--for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
--for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
--for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
--for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those
-- who are persecuted because of righteousness,
--for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
(Mt. 5:3-10)


Blessed are the poor in spirit means to realize that my life depends on God and that I willingly submit to him, be humble.

Blessed are those who mourn for their own sins and because of the sufferings of others. They will find comfort in God's forgiveness.

Blessed are the meek means to be gentle and kind even in the face of adversity. Those who are insulted but return no insult.

Blesses are those who hunger for righteousness means to have a continual desire for justice, moral perfection and holiness.

Blessed are the merciful means to forgive those who harm us and God will forgive you.

Blessed are the pure of heart are those free of all selfish intentions and desires. The seek only the glory of God.

Blessed are the peacemakers are those who are at peace with God and neighbors, thus able to bring peace to others.

Blessed are those persecuted for the sake of righteousness for the sake of their faith and truth of Christ.

 

In conclusion, "The Beatitudes teach us the final end to which God calls us: the Kingdom, the vision of God, participation in the divine nature, eternal life, foliation, rest in God." (Cat. of Cath. Church #1726)

9. Kingdom of the Father