In the giddy, superficial age in which we live, the second beatitude reminds us that we will never experience the joy of knowing God unless we first know tears of repentance. The greatest happiness comes to those who know the comfort of God that comes to us in Jesus Christ. He is the fulfillment of the words of the prophet Isaiah who spoke about the Lord's servant who would be anointed to preach good news to the poor and to bind up the brokenhearted, to comfort all who mourn and provide for those who grieve in Zion, to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair (Isaiah 61:1-3). He knows how to comfort his people no matter what is going on in their lives. No wonder he pronounces a blessing on those who mourn and assures them that sooner or later they will be comforted. What a wonderful declaration and promise.
Next time: "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth."