Beatitudes assist our Focus of Remembrance is a thought which may seem at first glance a different thought. The early church saw Jesus as the new Moses. His commandments are the Beatitudes and the early church knew and practiced them. They were out of sync with the Roman way of thinking. When the church became accepted by the Roman state, the emphasis on the Beatitudes fell away from favor to be supplanted by the code of the Commandments of Moses which were more inline with Roman practice.
The Beatitudes need to be more fully known by us today. They are: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the taking back of Europe from the Nazis axis. Our service people at great sacrifice applied the Beatitudes for the service of the country in a selfless way. We honour and remember them as an example for us today to serve the greater good not just our selfish interests. This is the spirit of service that Jesus holds out for us to follow in our own age as we face the issues of our age.