Matthew 5, 1-12
The Word of God
Seeing the crowds, he climbed the mountain. As he sat down, his disciples approached him. And he began to speak and teach, saying, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are the afflicted, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are those who promote peace, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are you when they revile you and persecute you and say all the evil against you falsely because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven, for this is how they persecuted the prophets who came before you.