Pondering for Monday, May 4th 2020

Daily Office Readings for Monday after the Fourth Sunday of Easter: Year 2

Psalm 41, 52 Psalm 44 Exod. 32:1-20  Col 3:18-4:6(7-18)  Matt. 5:1-10

 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9)

Of all the Beatitudes (as they are called) I like “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” the best.  I have only recently become aware of the Enneagram personality types.  I am a 9 on their spectrum.  The 9’s are traditionally those who try to bring people together, they are peace makers. They listen to others and work to find consensus.

Of Matthew 5:9, I prefer the Spanish translation of verse 9 of this chapter of Matthew. It reads, “Dichosos los que trabajan por la paz,porque Dios los llamará hijos suyos.” Roughly translated it says blessed are those who work for peace, they will be called children of God.  It might be nitpicking but in the English translation, if peace is not actually accomplished, you fall short of the title peacemaker.  However in the Spanish version you are called a child of God if you “work” for peace.  No one knows for sure if our efforts will bring about the intended results, whether it’s planning a conference or actually bringing about peace.  All we can do is work towards the goal.

I realize that not everybody is called to be a peace maker.  I think it would be interesting for you to look up your own Enneagram type and match your own numerical personality type at http://www.enneagraminstitute.com and compare it to the Beatitudes and see how you match up.  This will require you to take an online free test that will discern your Enneagram number. Your strongest of three numbers is the one you should try to match up with a Beatitude if you can. It may be a new way in which the Holy Spirit is speaking to you.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John

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