The Beatitudes

These scripture based activities contain a passage from the Bible for families to read and explore together. However, don’t feel limited by what’s here! There are so many other passages you could use, including choosing from the readings of the day or the readings from the Sunday mass.

One way of exploring scripture as a family is reading the passage together before a meal and then discussing it while eating. 

Matthew
5:1-11

“Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.
He said:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

The beatitudes are simple but challenging descriptions of what it is to be holy; the attitudes we should have in order to live life to the full! The call to be ‘peacemakers’ always stands out to me as it calls us to an action, not simply to be ‘peace-wishers’ or ‘peace-keepers’.

  • What images might you draw to represent each beatitude?
  • What beatitudes would you write aimed at children, teenagers, parents or grandparents? (e.g. Blessed are the mothers who…, Blessed are the sons that … ). Try to reflect principles of justice, charity, peacemaking and so on.