“The Beatitudes as a Revolutionary Manifesto”

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

For, only those who refuse to be defined by an economic system can know what really counts.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

For, only those who feel the pain and sadness of others can ever heal their own wounds of privilege.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
For, only those who claim no place on the hierarchy of power can walk gently upon this earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be filled.
For, only those who long to share a common happiness can ever know satisfaction unsullied by guilt.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
For, only those who show mercy to others can recognize mercy when shown to them.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
For, only those who can be truly human can ever experience the sacred.

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

For, only those who reject violence and war can know true inner peace.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for being just, for theirs is the government of heaven.

For, only those who are willing to suffer for the rights of all can know the bliss of universal love.