When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
“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 receive 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 for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:1-12
The deportees and the rejected are blessed
those who are hiding from the law likewise
this God of our is one who loves the broken
seeking out the hungry, the lonely the oppressed.
We are following a train of compassion
riding the rails with the outcast and deserted
sitting on sidewalks and alleys in cities
we find God in these most humble places.
Blessings do not come to those who hoard
nor to those gated, hidden, fully protected
but to those with little who still dream and hope
to those who carry their young in the night.
We are walking on the heavenly highway
on foot in front of the other leaving no one behind
we hold hands as we cross in dangerous places
we find God awaiting us at every border.