If you look carefully at the Beatitudes, you’ll notice that they aren’t commands. They’re something more like statements of fact, or even congratulations. Happy are you poor, mourning, and meek people! Congratulations, you’ve hit the jackpot, your reward is great! Jesus is saying, this is the kind of life in this world where real happiness is to be found. Congratulations! You’ve discovered it. And if you’re listening in and haven’t discovered real happiness yet, it’s right here waiting for you.