The Mount of Beatitudes
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.(Matthew 5:3-10).
The Mount of Beatitudes overlooks the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee, presenting a panorama view of the northern part of the lake, across to the cliffs of the Golan Heights on the other side. A church is built on the traditional sight of the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus is believed to have given his Sermon on the Mount overlooking the Sea of Galilee. The building is an octagonal building with colonnaded cloisters and was built in 1938 for a Franciscan order of nuns. The eight sided church represents the eight beatitudes. Behind the Mount of Beatitudes church is a likeness of Jesus teaching his disciples. The complete Sermon on the Mount is found in Matthew 5:1–7:28. This powerful simple sermon outlines the fundamental teachings of Jesus beginning with the eight beatitudes a revolutionary “new way of life”.
The Mount of Beatitudes is believed to be the location referred to in scripture where Jesus commissioned his disciples. “Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, all authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.” (Matthew 28:16-20).
And the place where Jesus taught the Parable of the Sower. “And again He began to teach by the sea. And a great multitude was gathered to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole multitude was on the land facing the sea. Then He taught them many things by parables, and said to them in His teaching: “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it. Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away. And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirty-fold, some sixty and some a hundred.” And He said to them, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Mark 4:1-9).