Sermon on the Mount
(Matt 5) there are severalphrases of Jesus which are called the
:Blessed are the poor (
i.e. those who have no possessionsin the material world, who do not strive for material wealth
) inspirit (
more correct — by spirit, i.e. by one’s own decision, byone’s own will
), for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven!Blessed are those who mourn (
i.e. those remorseful oftheir misdeeds which have ethical significance
), for they willbe comforted!Blessed are the meek (
i.e. those devoid of haughtinessand ambitiousness
), for they will inherit the earth!Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for right-eousness, for they will be filled!Blessed are the merciful, for they will obtain mercy!Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God!Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be calledSons of God.Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteous-ness’ sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven!Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you,and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake!Rejoice and be glad, for great is your reward in Heavens!Now we will discuss one of these precepts, namely:“Blissful are the pure in heart, for they will see God!”, be-cause it is especially important for realization of theTeachings of God by us.
Yet, one should not do it too long: having learned — withthe help of repentance — not to sin, we have to advance fur-ther on the spiritual Path in the state of positive emotions; oth-erwise we cannot succeed.