Wednesday 12 September 2018
1 Corinthians 7:25-31. Psalm 44(45):11-12, 14-17. Luke 6:20-26.
Listen to me, daughter; see and bend your ear—Psalm 44(45):11-12, 14-17.
‘How happy are you who are poor: yours is the kingdom of God.’
To a society that prizes wealth, power and status, how absurd this seems. To the unemployed, struggling to survive on the NewStart allowance, and to parents, even in affluent Australia, going without dental and medical treatment in order to feed their children, it would seem a cruel joke.
Jesus lived amid similar contradicting extremes. While he had friends with comfortable homes, those who were poor were drawn to him, were welcomed, valued and championed. He often found himself at odds with the powerful, confronting those who oppressed the poor. His challenge to all was to trust in a loving Father and to hold things lightly.