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Beatitudes and Baptism - part 8 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Fones   
Wednesday, 09 July 2008 05:06
Reflections made in preparation for a child's baptism

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus is a realist. The truly Righteous One – Jesus himself – is persecuted. When we encounter someone who is truly holy, our own sinfulness is cast in stark relief. We have three responses, generally. We can walk away, quickly, in order to forget what we've glimpsed in ourselves. We can look at ourselves in a new light and realize the need for conversion. Or we can attempt to destroy the one who has revealed this unpleasant side of ourselves that we'd rather deny. You have to make sure Aspen knows what goodness looks like and what true holiness is – because if she is holy, some people will be uncomfortable, angry, even violent – and that will confuse her as well as tempt her to abandon goodness and follow the will of the crowd, rather than the will of Jesus, who is the king and the kingdom in our midst.

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