The Beatitudes of Jesus are a statement on who is well off in the kingdom of God, but his beatitudes are clearly not the only statements of blessedness. All around us day in and day out we hear answers to the question of who is well off and those answers are more often than not at odds with the kingdom of God.
After writing down the “Beatitudes according to America” spend some time with Jesus own beatitudes and put them into your own language. How would Jesus phrase the blessedness of the kingdom today?
Finally, try to see yourself in both versions of the beatitudes; by which standard are you blessed?