Daily Prayer with Bishop Sandra: The Sermon on the Mount

Bishop Sandra begins a journey that invites us all to listen and reflect on the teachings of the Sermon on the Mount. "Blessed are the poor in spirit"
We are asked to ponder the question: how can we be a better conduit of God's grace and transformation for others?
BIshop Sandra explores the beginning verses of the Sermon on the Mount...and invites us to ponder the phrase 'blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs are the kingdom of heaven.'
'Blessed are those who mourn'

Join Bishop Sandra this morning as she reflects on this passage from the Beatitudes, the Sermon on the Mount.

As we mourn, name the brokenness, we are assured that mourning is the training ground for HOPE as we walk in the light of Christ.
Bishop Sandra invites us to explore how the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, teaches us how to live as a community of faith.

'Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth,' is the passage that Bishop Sandra reflects on today - what does Jesus mean when he lifts up those who are meek? (and no, that doesn't mean being apathetic...)

Meekness is an important characteristic of Christian communities and disciples who are growing in love of God and neighbor.
Matthew 5:6 "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness..." is the text for this morning's reflection and prayer with Bishop Sandra.

Bishop Sandra's teaching on the Sermon on the Mount calls us to think deeply about our relationship with God and with others and in doing so we are able to live more joyfully as a follower of Jesus.
"Blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy," is the passage of scripture that Bishop Sandra reflects on this morning.

Bishop Sandra's exploration of The Beatitudes helps us to grow in our understanding of the teachings of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

The merciful are focused on living in a more excellent way. Where is it that you are leaning into these teachings of Jesus?
Bishop Sandra takes us deeper into Matthew 5:7-8, "Blessed are the merciful...blessed are the pure in heart..."

Bishop Sandra calls us to pray that we may know and love God more so that we may love others more deeply, and invites us to consider "What is it that we need to do to allow God's spirit to change our hearts so that we may share the love, light, and hope of Christ?"
Bishop Sandra invites us into her home as we consider Matthew 5:9 "Blessed are the peacemakers..."

In today's prayer, Bishop Sandra calls for healing and reconciliation through us, the peacemakers, and she challenges us to consider how we may grow as people of compassion and mercy so that we may be people who live as God's peacemakers.
Blessed are those who are reviled and persecuted ...on my account. How can this be a blessing?

Lots to ponder today in this morning's reflection and time of prayer.
Bishop Sandra concludes the Beatitudes portion of the Sermon on the Mount. - Jesus' admonition to "rejoice and be glad" is the culmination of the 'blessed are...' teachings.

You're invited to take a few minutes to share this time of reflection and prayer with Bishop Sandra. And then, share with a friend...they may need to hear this word today!
Jesus taught them saying: "You are the salt of the world!"

Bishop Sandra leads us in prayer and reflection on the next portion of Jesus' teaching from the Sermon on the Mount.

What does it mean to be salt...and what difference would being salt make...for us? For our communities?
This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine...

Bishop Sandra opens up Matthew 5:14-16 and leads us in a reflection on Jesus' teachings from the Sermon on the Mount and invites us to ponder the difference we can make in the world if only we let our light shine.

Bishop Sandra reflects on Jesus' words "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect," from the Sermon on the Mount and how Jesus' words are so radically different from other religious leaders and prophets who came before him.

In our prayer time, she invites us to seek to hear and adopt Jesus' positivity.