“Blessed are they that mourn . . .” Q&A #1

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Question: What does “mourn” mean?

Answer: It means to feel or express sorrow, perhaps for something wrong we have done. It
also means to grieve for someone who has died. If we mourn, we are very, very sad about something, and we can feel a pain or hurt in our hearts and minds.

You may be thinking, why would Jesus want us to feel this kind of pain? And, why does this
Beatitude tell us we will be “blessed,” or happy, because of mourning? Good question. The
answer is that although it is painful when we have to separate ourselves from something we love, what we may have been clinging to, at times, is sinful thinking or behavior. In that case,
it is good to be feeling the sorrow, because it means we are leaving the bad for the good.

Have there been times when you may have done something wrong, and you are told to
apologize? Apologies are part of the healing process, to help smooth things over. However, you may not have really felt sincere about the apology. But, this Beatitude tells us that our sorrow for
sinful behavior must be as deep as the sorrow felt by someone who is mourning the death of a loved one.
  When our sorrow is this deep and sincere, God comforts us. We are then prepared for
further spiritual growth.

Further Study: There are lots of Bible characters who mourned their sins. One of the best known stories is the parable of the Prodigal Son, found in Luke 15: 11-24. Notice how he was treated by his Father. This story actually illustrates many of the Beatitudes.

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
Copyright 2002)

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