02, January, 2022Posted by :Amy


GOING DEEPER

Elie Haddad talks about different ways to look at the Beatitudes.

He says it is a mistake to see them primarily as wisdom teaching. When we interpret them as wisdom teaching we emphasize human action.

Something like this… If we mourn or are pure in heart or peacemakers etc. we can enter into the kingdom of God. The problem is when we think we are those things we enter into self righteousness and we celebrate human activity. This becomes a gospel of works righteousness.

To summarize, if we act in a way that fits how God has ordered the world then this gets us good results.

He offers another way to look at the beatitudes that instead emphasizes God’s actions.

Blessed are those who mourn, not because mourning is a virtue but because God is gracious and Jesus came to deliver us from our sorrows. The beatitudes are about celebrating God acting graciously to deliver us from our poverty and captivity into God’s reign of justice and joy.

He also links this to participative grace which is not about what God does while we watch passively but about God’s performance in which we actively participate.

How have you viewed the Beatitudes in the past? Does this idea of prophetic rather than wisdom teaching offer anything new to you? How might this make a difference?

Elie also talks about how we can be communities of hope.

Which point stood out the most to you?

  1. A community of hope is a repentant community.
  2. A community of hope leads differently.
  3. A community of hope shepherds its society.
  4. A community of hope is concerned with the public affairs of its society.
  5. A community of hope is an embracing community.

Which of the above points do you think is easiest for our community of faith?
Which of the above points do you think is the most difficult for us as a community of faith?