Saturday, April 27, 2013

Some Scripture from the Closeted Pagan's POV

From Matthew Chapter 5:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven…”

This piece of scripture was returned to my life as I was listening to NPR on my way to school the morning of the interfaith service for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. And as I was listening to this articulate Baptist preacher recite this to those who gathered inside of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, I was shaken to realize that the Jesus of this particular piece of scripture could be speaking to anyone of any faith (although I completely realize he was talking to his disciples about the crowd below the mount). 

We all go through trials and tribulations. We all suffer and strive to get where we are going. And yet, for those of us who are truly charitable, kind, compassionate human beings, who put others before ourselves, the road isn't really so hard. And we completely understand that the reward so outweighs the pain in our suffering. Whether you believe in Valhalla, Heaven, reincarnation or anything else, if you have truly lived a pious life, no matter the religion, tradition, or spiritual calling, and you have given without expecting to get in return, have loved with all your heart, and done all that you can to overcome the bias, segregation, inequality, and hatred of our world, you will be rewarded. 

I truly believe Love conquers all. I believe the good people in the world far outnumber the bad or the radical. I believe the lay people of the world have so much more wealth than the CEOs and Chairmen of the Boards ever could, and that when the day of death and spiritual judgement comes, I am certain beyond a doubt the good laypeople of the world will get that "goodness" returned to them - whether they expect it to or not. 


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