‘Blessed’ is a term used in our culture today from winning an award to getting a ride on a cold day. When the religious use the term it has the sense that God has done something positive for us — that’s the way Jesus’ first disciples would have understood the term too, but Jesus flips the whole thing on its head. He calls the things we would normally think of as curses, as blessings. How do we learn to live in this upside down kingdom? By following Jesus.