because the priest at my parents’ church gave a painfully abstract and apolitical sermon on the Beatitudes in Matthew today. as if the Beatitudes weren’t explicit enough.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. I.E. THE NAMELESS MASSES WHO ACT QUIETLY AND HUMBLY, WHO DONATE TO JUSTICE ORGS WITHOUT LETTING THEIR LEFT HAND KNOW WHAT THEIR RIGHT IS DOING
Blessed are the meek, for they shall possess the land. I.E. THOSE WHOSE VOICES HAVE BEEN SUPPRESSED AND SILENCED BY STATE VIOLENCE
Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted. I.E. THE MOTHERS OF BLACK MEN KILLED BY THE POLICE STATE
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after justice, for they shall have their fill. I.E. THE CROWDS OF PROTESTORS AT MAJOR AIRPORTS ACROSS THE US STANDING AGAINST THE RACIST BAN ON MUSLIM IMMIGRATION
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. I.E. THOSE WHO OPPOSE THE DEATH PENALTY AND THE PRISON-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God. I.E. THOSE WHO FIGHT AGAINST THE DEHUMANIZATION AND SEXUAL COMMODIFICATION OF WOMEN
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. I.E. THOSE WHO WORK TOWARD A JUST RESOLUTION TO THE ISRAEL/PALESTINE CONFLICT
Blessed are they who suffer persecution for justice’s sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. I.E. DISSIDENTS AND POLITICAL PRISONERS (LIKE JESUS)
@ the church: ur vague “Christian” platitudes don’t cut it.