Luke's `Be' and `Don't Be'-attitudes
"Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled.
Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man.
Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.
But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry.
Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep.
Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets."
Let's Get Our Priorities Straight
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Luke is believed to present the Beatitudes closest to their original form. It seems doubtful that God would prefer people to be poor, hungry and weeping. Rather, it is people in those conditions on earth that are more likely to have their hearts and minds on God than if they were wealthy, gluttonous and boisterous. It's easy to be distracted and/or lose perspective in our struggle to perceive God, and it gets more and more so, the more opportunity we have for folly. The challenge seems to be one of values, humility and/or spiritual condition, rather than one of physical possessions.