Rev. Emily E. Ewing queeries the Gospel reading.
Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2Then Jesus began to speak, and taught them, saying:
3“Blessed are those with the spirit of the poor, for theirs is the dominion 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 right relationship, 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 right relationship’s sake, for theirs is the dominion of heaven.
11“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely in my name. 12Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Queeries for the text:
When have we read this before?
Who has the spirit of the poor?
Who will inherit the earth?
Who hunger and thirst for right relationship?
Who is merciful?
Who are pure in heart?
Who are the peacemakers?
Who are persecuted for the sake of right relationship?
Who are reviled and persecuted? Against whom is uttered all kinds of evil falsely in Jesus' name?
Who are you?
What are your queeries?