Epiphany 4A

Day: Epiphany 4

Lectionary Passage: Matthew 5:1-12

Scripture Focus: Matthew 5:1-12

Object: None

Have you ever noticed that people say “bless you” when someone sneezes? Well, that’s because they care and don’t want you to be sick. We bless people because we want them to be happy. I’ve also heard people say “Gesundheit” which means the same thing as “bless you,” but I think it is way more fun to say! So, next time you hear someone sneeze, you can say Gesundheit as a blessing.

And speaking of blessing, that’s what our Bible story is all about. Well, actually, our story is a sermon! Jesus preached it one day on a mountainside. And it’s all about blessings. Jesus wanted to tell people how to be truly happy. So he gave us a very special list of eight blessings. They are called the Beatitudes. That’s a fancy word for “Blessings.” These blessings say all kinds of things like blessed are those who are sad because they will be comforted and blessed are those who make peace. What you won’t find in this list are things like blessed are those with lots of money or fancy toys or awesome clothes. Jesus knew those things wouldn’t make us truly happy.

I hope you’ll remember this important list of blessings called the Beatitudes. Maybe next time some sneezes and you say “bless you” they will pop into your head!

Let’s pray: Thank you for all the blessings you have given to us, God. Most of all, thank you for you son Jesus Christ who loves us and care for us. Amen.

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