Monday 12 June 2017

About Today Readings

2 Corinthians 1:1-7. Psalms 33(34):2-9. Matthew 5:1-12.

Taste and see the goodness of the Lord — Psalms 33(34):2-9.

‘How blessed are the poor in spirit …’

Today’s readings deal with poverty and hardship but are really words of encouragement and hope. The memorable lines of the Beatitudes fill us with joy as we ponder the promise they hold. They can empower our efforts towards justice and peace. Paul’s words resonate well with the Beatitudes: ‘The sufferings of Christ overflow into our lives; so too does the encouragement we receive through Christ … He supports us so that we are able to come to the support of others.’

Paul encourages us to work in solidarity with the disadvantaged, to comfort those who mourn and to be peacemakers. Jesus encourages us to be his hands and feet, to speak his words of peace. We take confidence in this as we work towards the betterment of our world.

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