Humility is the key

Jesus began his famous Sermon on the Mount by saying: ‘Humble men are very fortunate, for the Kingdom of Heaven is given to them.’ Those words are the key to his teachings, especially those qualities we call the Beatitudes. You can’t mourn without appreciating how insufficient you are to handle life in your own strength. You can’t be meek unless you know you have needed gentleness yourself. You can’t hunger for righteousness if you think of yourself as already righteous. You can’t be merciful without recognizing your own need for mercy. You can’t be pure in heart if your heart is full of pride. You can’t be a peacemaker if you believe that you’re always right. All of these qualities are rooted in humility, recognizing our own spiritual need and opening our lives to God to fill them.

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