Mathew 5:1-12 — “The Sermon on the Mount”

Mathew 5:1-12 (King James Version)

“And seeing the multitude, he went up into a mountain and when he was set, his disciples came unto him. And he opened his mouth and taught them saying,

‘Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad for great is your reward in heaven. For so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.’ ”


Jesus is speaking to a multitude of people from all walks of life that have come to see him from Galilee, the cities of Decapolis, and from Jerusalem and from Judea and beyond Jordan. He speaks in simple words here. He wants to be heard and understood plainly and clearly. He speaks from atop a mountain because his message is addressed to all who gather to see him. He does not exclude anyone, nor does he turn away from the multitude or pick people out from the crowd to have the disciples run him or her out.  And as we read this passage here and now, be assured that this message rings true to us–as we are invited to hear his message and he has not spoken out against us or instructed anyone to drive us away.

If we are poor in spirit, Jesus has blessed us.
If we are pure of heart, meek, and if we hunger and thirst and strive to be better people, righteous people, we are blessed by Jesus and assured that there will be rewards for us in heaven.
If we are hated and persecuted for being Christian or persons of faith, know that we are in good company and know that we will inherit the kingdom of God.

Do not be afraid of your faith or beliefs and do not be ashamed of who you are. If love is in your heart and if you strive to love God and love your neighbors as you would want to be loved, Jesus has blessed you. If you strive to be the peacemaker, you are a child of God. And as I see it, anyone from the LGBT community can be pure of heart, love God, love thy neighbor, and strive to be peacekeepers!

Jesus loves each and every one of us. He wants us to know we are included– we can follow him and learn from him and be disciples.

Enjoy your day!


About Rachel Conlin McLeod

Transgender activist, Christian at First Baptist Church in Willimantic, Connecticut. B.A. in History and Social Sciences, B.A. in Sociology Freelance writer, tutor, research assistant Loves hockey, ballet, women's gymnastics, and Bible studies.
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