The Ninefold Path of Jesus: Hidden Wisdom of the Beatitudes
:What if we lived in a world of abundance? The Beatitudes that Jesus taught name the illusions and false beliefs that have kept us chained and imprisoned. We've learned to live from a mentality of anxiety and greed, but...
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:What if we lived in a world of abundance? The Beatitudes that Jesus taught name the illusions and false beliefs that have kept us chained and imprisoned. We've learned to live from a mentality of anxiety and greed, but what if we were to find abundance, solace and comfort are actually near? We've learned to live by striving, competition, and comparisons, but what if we all have equal dignity and worth? The Beatitudes point us toward what is real and true. We are not helpless. We have the power to seek justice and do good. Mercy triumphs over judgement. We can stop hiding and pretending, and be honest. The Beatitudes invite us to a new way of life, into a path of recovery. Instead of dividing the world into "us" and "them," we can learn to embrace each other as family. Instead of resisting pain, we can learn to surrender and join the cosmic struggle between good and evil. Instead of living from fear, we can choose radical love. It's often assumed that the good life is only for the most privileged, the rich and powerful, the most charmed and beautiful. The poor, the grieving, the meek and oppressed are left out. But the ninefold path that can be found in the Beatitudes is for everyone. Whatever your story, whatever your struggle, wherever you find yourself, this way is available to you.
Mark Scandrette (www.markscandrette.com) is the author of Soul Graffitti: Making a Life in the Way of Jesus (Jossey-Bass, 2007) and Practicing the Way of Jesus: Life Together in the Kingdom of Love (InterVarsity Press, 2011) and the executive director and cofounder of ReIMAGINE (www.reimagine.org), a center for spiritual formation in San Francisco that sponsors city-based learning initiatives, peer learning groups, and The Jesus Dojo, a year-long intensive formation process inspired by the life and teachings of Jesus. Mark is a founding member of SEVEN, a monastic community working as advocates for holistic and integrative Christian spirituality. Mark is also a senior fellow with Emergent (www.emergentvillage.com), a growing generative friendship among missional Christian leaders.
- :introduction: Nine Postures For Life
- 1. The Way Of Trust
- 2. The Way Of Lament
- 3. The Way Of Humility
- 4. The Way Of Justice
- 5. The Way Of Compassion
- 6. The Way Of The Right-motive
- 7. The Way Of Peace
- 8. The Way Of Surrender
- 9. The Way Of Radical Love
- Conclusion: Living The Ninefold Path
- Ninefold Path Prayer And Examen Questions
- Personality And The Beatitudes
- About The Author