Episcopal Bishop Marc Andrus of San Francisco offered a modern translation of Jesus’ Beatitudes last week. According to the San Francisco Examiner, the Andrus version went like this:
So, today Jesus says to you, “Congratulations, you who have been mourning! You are being comforted!”
“Congratulations all of you who have been hungering and thirsting for righteousness! Aren’t you feeling filled and nourished now?”
“Congratulations, all of you who have been compassionate with those who have hated you and acted against you, and who still do! You are able to receive the world’s compassion in turn.”
“Congratulations all you peacemakers. You truly are God’s children, for God brings peace.”
“And congratulations all of you who have been persecuted for the sake of goodness! You live in a different world now, where God is all-in-all, and love is over all.”
In the Andrus Beatitudes, apparently the eschaton has come, and the Kingdom has been inaugurated. And what was it that precipitated this paean to the New Jerusalem?
Why, Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision striking down California’s Proposition 8, of course. Silly of you even to ask.
(Via the Institute on Religion and Democracy.)
UPDATE: Apparently Bishop Andrus wasn’t the only California Episcopalian to see eschatological significance in last week’s decision. According to the San Bernadino Sun:
“One of the things I saw this week in the overturning of Proposition 8 was an inbreaking of the kingdom of God, which is a place where all people are treated equally in the eyes of God,” said The Rev. David Starr of St. John’s Episcopal Church in San Bernardino.