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Pakistan cricket team demolishes India in Champions League

In a surprising performance, it was Pakistan defeating India to win the 2017 Champions league trophy. The fact that Pakistan defeated their heated rivals was not the biggest surprise. It was the way in which they won, by 180  runs!  Pakistan scored 338-4 which was a huge total.  India, in reply, were skittled out for a paltry 158 runs after just over 30 overs.

But, for India, it was better than the West Indies who didn’t even qualify for the event, with Bangladesh making the semi-finals of that event.  Pakistan barely qualified in fact.  They thrashed the West Indies up and down in recent tours to move up the ranks and qualify for the 8-team Champions League competition, only to shock the talented Indian team, Indians, and the world.

Congrats to both teams for making the finals and to Pakistan for the impressive victory.

KC leads Calabar by 4 points (309 – 305) with only 4x400m relays to go

It’s down to the final event, with the 4x400m to go.

Boys Championships
Here’s my understanding from Mr @csharpe:

If current leaders KC wins or comes 2nd, they win Champs regardless of where Calabar finishes. But Calabar are clear favorites with the likes of Christopher Taylor, most likely on the anchor.

If Calabar wins and KC finishes 4th or worse, Calabar wins.

If Calabar wins and KC finishes 3rd, it comes down to a tie-breaker (who wins the most medals, maybe gold medals?).

Girls Championships
Edwin Allen has an insurmountable lead and will win Girls Championships with the final event, 4x400m to run on that side.

The Beatitudes (“Blessings”): Ninth(?) one
The beatitudes

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 in heaven is great, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:11-12)

The eight Beatitudes (blessings by Yeshua / Jesus) are found in Matthew 5:3–12 during Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.

Well, just a comment. Over time, I have shown the 8 blessings of Jesus but couldn’t exclude verses 11 & 12. The debate is whether there are 8 Beatitudes or 9. Some of the answers given are:

(1) It is eight – Matthew 11 & 12 is the 9th one.
(2) It is nine – Matthew 3-10 are the 8, and Matthew 11 & 12 is an extension or explanation of the 8th.
(3) The Catechism has nine, but “My Catholic Faith” book has eight beatitudes; maybe the persecution ones were connected together before and now no?
(4) Eight and name seem very similar.

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The Beatitudes (“Blessings”): Eight one

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:10)

The eight Beatitudes (blessings by Yeshua / Jesus) are found in Matthew 5:3–12 during Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.