The Beatitudes. Upon reading these blessings, we mentally work hard to identify ourselves as poor or meek or as peacemakers. So hard, in fact, that we forget to hear Jesus’s actual message: the message of God’s exhilarating love. God’s love in these Beatitudes challenges cultural norms and social rules, it breaks open the darkness and gives hope to the scorned. This summer at Easter, do not assume that you are being blessed as a poor, meek, peacemaker. Rather, know that you are being called to BE a loving blessing to all people you meet.