(NECN) - Senior Pastor of Morning Star Baptist Church in Mattapan read a Gospel reading from Matthew 5:1-12 at the interfaith healing service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.
“Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.
And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
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 satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive 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.
Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
Bishop Borders III said he believes Jesus taught that to perceive the kingdom of Heaven, you must see the opposite.
"When you see loss, see reward. When you hear a cry of pain, hear a prayer. When you see sacrifice, see a sacred offering... To those of you who have suffered, any type of suffering wherever you might be, the Lord is saying to you, never lose sight of your future, you who mourn, you will be comforted, you who are broken, you will be healed, you who have suffered loss, you will be rewarded."
Bishop Borders III said the Massachusetts license plate says the spirit of America, and he prays the world right now, today, at this moment, will look at us and see the true spirit of America.