Blessed to follow : the Beatitudes as a compass for discipleship
In Matthew's Gospel, the Sermon on the Mount inaugurates Jesus' public ministry, and the first word out of Jesus' mouth is 'blessed'. He repeats this word throughout his first sermon. Jesus calls his disciples by blessing them, and as he speaks, Jesus introduces himself to us but also introduces disciples to themselves, for the Beatitudes offer a character sketch of who disciples will become if they follow him.
Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Stortz, Martha E., "Blessed to follow : the Beatitudes as a compass for discipleship" (2008). Faculty Bookshelf. 45.