When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 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
BLESSED ARE THEY
Raye and Rebecca are two of the many blessed ones who are actively involved in changing our world today. Let them inspire you with a song, and with a bold proposal.
“The hidden costs of doing things like burning oil and gas and eating beef are similarly enormous and just as unfair. Everyone who’s trying to build a clean economy has to compete with firms that are heavily subsidized by the destruction of our health and the degradation of our climate. This is not the capitalism I signed up for. This is not a market that is either free or fair. So … What do we do? … Here’s my crazy idea…”
On October 10, 2020, Countdown launched globally. See the talks and performances that were live streamed non-stop on Youtube (6 hours); you can also see this monumental video on the TED website, where it has been divided into shorter separate video clips, classified under 5 headings (Urgency, Leadership, Transformation, Breakthroughs, Actions); you will also find subtitles in different languages as well as transcripts. Curated sessions with more than 50 activists, public figures, scholars, actors, musicians reveal what is currently being done as well as concrete actions we can and must take as a society and as citizens.