4th Sunday after Epiphany

The Beatitudes.  Living right-side-up in an upside-down world.
Pastor Beth asked us, ‘What does it mean to be blessed?’.
Also, ‘What is the opposite of being blessed?’.
Who are the blessed ones of God and how does it all work with God?
Are the Beatitudes things we need to do to be blessed by God.  Sort of commandments?
During Jesus’s time, people who had a successful life were considered blessed by God and those who were not successful had been cursed by God.  Sometimes going back generations!
Jesus had good news for His followers telling them that they were all blessed by God.
Jesus is God’s good news.
We are Loved and Blessed by God.
In the loving hands of God, broken things are blessed—even us.