Luke draws a contrast between the blessed (those who realise the need for God) and the cursed (those who believe they are self-sufficient). The Beatitudes explain how to live in order to attain everlasting happiness. Being excluded or insulted happens to us, especially due to our faith in Jesus. Such insult is proof that our lives truly belong to God. If we take Jesus seriously, we will realise that power and affluence are two of the biggest threats to Christian life. We are called not to worship wealth, food or comfort, but to worship the God Who alone can grant us all good things.

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