Sunday 1 November 2020
Apocalypse 7:2-4, 9-14. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face – Psalm 23(24):1-6. 1 John 3:1-3. Matthew 5:1-12.
How blessed are the poor in spirit
This and subsequent statements are countercultural. Our society values wealth and possessions. Many seem to admire tough leaders. This year, Donald Trump encouraged force and punishment against unarmed Black Lives Matter protesters. Those who mourn are irrelevant in the scale of events. Those who work for truth and justice are hounded, attacked and even killed. The merciful are seen as weak. The pure in heart are losers in a society which glamorises promiscuity. Peacemakers are a nuisance to arms dealers and those resisting gun control laws. Those who oppose such values are persecuted, given show trials and imprisoned.
What hope is there? Barack Obama praised police who stood with protesters, speaking of healing. Justin Trudeau challenged Canadians to confront their own systemic racism. White people often predominated in crowds of BLM protesters. Australian protesters challenged treatment of Indigenous people and their deaths in custody.
It is better to light a candle . . .