We continue our reflection of the Beatitudes as presented in St Matthew.
Jesus says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
The righteousness that God asks of us can be summed up in the two precepts of love of God and neighbour. It is love of others that should motivate us who hunger for righteousness to care for those who hunger for bread. Jesus is challenging us who are strong to come to the aid of the weak.
Pope Francis says that that “true justice comes about in people’s lives when they themselves are just in their decisions; it is expressed in their pursuit of justice for the poor and the weak.” Who are the most vulnerable in our society today, who are the weak and the poor in our world? This is our way of holiness today.
We pray for all those who are going hungry at this time, and those whose crops and land are affected by a changing climate. May God grant us all compassion and a yearning for change, so that people and the earth may flourish together in harmony and peace.