Good Morning Friends ~
Wishing you a very Happy Easter. Hope your day is filled with lots of blessings.
Today we are talking about the last Beatitude ~
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
As in the time of Jesus of Nazareth (Matthew 2:23) and the early Christian Church (Acts 24:5), a Christian in the Middle East today is still called a Nazarene or in Arabic Nasrani or plural Nasara. Middle Eastern Christians have suffered severe persecution since the crises in Iraq and Syria. At least 58 Christians were slaughtered during Sunday Mass at Our Lady of Salvation Syriac Eastern Catholic Church in Baghdad on October 31, 2010. In July 2014 the terrorist Islamic State marked remaining Christian homes in Mosul with the Arabic letter Noon – for Nazarene, Nasrani, or Nasara – and advised residents that they have 24 hours to leave, convert to Islam, or die. Sixty thousand Christians in Mosul have been displaced from their homes, and over one million Christians have fled Iraq since the beginning of the Iraq War in 2003. It is estimated that the present turmoil in Syria has resulted in over 700,000 Christian refugees escaping to Jordan, Lebanon, and other Middle Eastern countries. But the Lord promised those that suffer for his sake will be rewarded with the Kingdom of Heaven!
How appropriate to have this Beatitude be our last to discuss – on Easter Sunday.
Jesus suffered for all of us so we could be with Him one day in heaven.
I am truly grateful to Him for all the suffering He has done for all of us.
There is Hope for this world ~ just keep believing and praying that our world will one day be one.
Such good words to live by.
We will be learning all about this sweet wonderful woman in our next
Enjoy your day with each other and never take life for granted.