S+L logo

To witness Jesus teaching The Beatitudes...

October 26, 2016
It is here on the Mount of Beatitudes that many witnessed Jesus’ teaching on the Beatitudes. Here his voice carried over the hills, between the trees, mixed in the air with the sun, the hills, the birds, the grass and the people.
We tend to want to picture and pray about this moment with a cinematic type of perfection, where we see everything like a film, and where everyone knew exactly what part they were playing in the whole scene, where everything is scripted and perfectly placed.
But step back for a moment, and put yourself here... right here. This was just an ordinary hill in an ordinary part of life for the Galileans.
But Jesus intended to speak and teach something new and lasting to everyone here, and to everyone who learn what he taught here.
He made eye contact with them, he would have walked around them, between them. He may have even paused to hold a child or to pet an animal. Jesus’ voice had to carry through the air, he had no microphone, and he would have made a particular effort to be heard. He would have occasionally stopped among the crowds of listeners, or paused his teaching and traced his steps back to a higher ground. He made this simple hill into His auditorium.
TissotBeatitudesAs Jesus taught, I can imagine Jesus would have been interrupted by questions or even frustrations!
“How do you mean blessed are the poor now? Must I become a beggar?”
“Shall I allow my enemy to continue persecuting me?”
“I have been weeping for my husband all my life, is what you say true?”
Jesus would have watched attentively as he spoke to those who listened. He was a teacher, he cared deeply for the hearts of those who listened. Each and every person there was dear to him, and how could he not want them to know that?
What really strikes me about being here, on the Mount of Beatitudes, is what it would have been like to hear Jesus’ voice carry and echo through this beautiful space. There would have been a unique acoustic to hearing his voice right here. Carry within you, what I just experienced being here, Jesus spoke to not only our hearts, but to our ears, eyes and hearts, right here, in this place.
Here, standing on the Mount of Beatitudes in Galilee, I am Chris Adamczyk.
--
Chris Adamczyk is the Manager of Marketing and Communications for Salt + Light. Follow him on Twitter!
Related posts
In this Biblical Reflection filmed at the site of the Primacy of Peter on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee, Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, speaks about the “breakfast symphony” in two movements ...read more
  In March 2016, the Salt + Light team went to the Holy Land on pilgrimage to bring you reflections from the biblical places where Jesus lived. You can watch the entire videos from the Holy Land Trip ...read more
Update: The video reflection was completed! Check it out above: Some of the Salt + Light team are in the Holy Land on pilgrimage. We are also preparing something special for you to watch in the near f ...read more
Hail, favored one! – A Reflection on the Hail Mary
FacebookTwitter
*Update: My reflection is done! Check it out below: We are three days into our pilgrimage in the Holy Land. It’s been an absolutely incredible experience so far, walking in the footsteps of our ...read more
 A fond memory I have growing up is that of fishing with my brother and my friends. There is something about the peace and calm that is necessary to fish that makes you more open in prayer and friend ...read more