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The Be-Attitudes

“Live justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God” (or words to that effect) can often be seen painted in a ribbon of gold above the sanctuary in old churches. (Fourth Sunday after Epiphany. Micah 6:1-8; Psalm 15; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; and Matthew 5:1-12.) In isolation they are beautiful words that tug at the heart and the yearning many of us have to live and love more simply and fully. When heard in dialogue with the Beatitudes they are radical words to live into.