Without question, the Beatitudes form an important of Jesus’s teaching ministry. Not included in the gospel of Mark, these wisdom-like expressions are found in different, but connected versions in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. The original audiences would have found something truly amazing in these remarks. While the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible had recognized the “am haaretz” (the people of the earth, the ordinary people), it is in these remarks of Jesus that he bring front and center their needs, God’s concern, and the expectations for justice. Let’s examine them closely and see how these words of Jesus spoke to his day and continue to speak to us.