Monday 11 June 2018
1 Kings 17:1-6. Psalm 120(121):1-8. Matthew 5:1-12.
Our help is from the Lord who made heaven and earth—Psalm 120(121):1-8.
‘Rejoice and be glad.’
The crowd listening to Jesus would have included people with every need and suffering. To them came the proclamation of the Beatitudes, beginning with a surprising expression of joy, ‘Happy are the poor in spirit!’
We are given a whole new perspective on their lives and the world we live in. The traditional things such as wealth, success and power are not so important. Those who mourn will be comforted; the meek shall inherit the earth. In this altered vision of the world lay the power to change everything, to bring about the reign of God.
We are told that a change in attitude, a new frame of mind can become the first step towards achieving a just world.