If you hang around this blog long enough you’ll figure out that I’m a Henri Nouwen fan. His writings seem to speak to my heart. This simple meditation from the Henri Nouwen Organization was just the message I needed this morning. Hope it speaks to you too.
Jesus says: “Blessed are the poor, the gentle, those who mourn, those who hunger and thirst for uprightness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, and those who are persecuted in the cause of uprightness” (Matthew 5:3-10).
These words offer us a self-portrait of Jesus. Jesus is the Blessed One. And the face of the Blessed One shows poverty, gentleness, grief, hunger, and thirst for uprightness, mercy, purity of heart, a desire to make peace, and the signs of persecution.
The whole message of the Gospel is this: Become like Jesus.
We have his self-portrait. When we keep that in front of our eyes, we will soon learn what it means to follow Jesus and become like him.