When I first began talking to people about Mission Hills Christian Church, I heard time and time again MHCC described as a community that listens closely to Jesus' teachings in his sermon on the mountain in the Gospel of Matthew.
Blessed are the spiritually poor—the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
Blessed are those who mourn—they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek and gentle—they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness—they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful—they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are those who are pure in heart—they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers—they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness—the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
How in the world can we embody this kind of lifestyle? Blessed are the mourners? The peacemakers? The persecuted? Is this really what life is like for people who love God?
Jesus' beatitudes force us to take a long look at our involvement within the world today—how we love God and love people. In other words, how do we make it in this world today without using the means of the powers that suppress? As citizens of the largest military superpower, we must be even more mindful that Jesus points us towards mercy and the perspective of the persecuted. The beatitudes call each of us into a unique depth, which is ever increasing in love and communion with God. A friend of mine once wrote, "In this moment, while feeling minuscule, you start asking, 'How could I be part of this? Why do I get a role to play in the big picture?' Then, often, His Spirit wafts a sacred and subtle assurance of purpose. Do you know this moment? It is AWE, at its rawest, and your soul praises Him, for at that moment you seem to sense the FULLNESS of Life we long for...Mysterium Tremendum."
This Mysterium Tremendum, the embodied Christlike love, is deeper than our workplace letdowns, our educational achievements, stock-market returns, or religiosity. It acknowledges that reverent echo deep within each of us that beckons us further into the deep, wide, expansive love of God and every wild moment we have been given to share in it.