REFLECT – Day 20:
‘Blessed are those who hunger
and thirst after righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.’
It’s been quite the exploration of this phrase in “The Beatitudes”. Today we finish off by reading Romans 12:9-21.
Most people are born with an innate sense of fairness. We begin our lives wanting the world to be a better place. Jesus affirms this in the fourth beatitude.
In too many cases, selfishness, apathy and cynicism dull this natural sense of justice. But Jesus stirs us to nurture this hunger and thirst for what is right and to set it as the compass for our daily lives.
But how? The world around us mostly lives a different way.
So we must:
- Love sincerely.
- Cling to what is good.
- Give each other our devotions and honour.
- Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
- Help those in need.
- Practise hospitality.
- Associate with people of low position.
- We could list even more.
We must learn to swim against the tide. Paul recognises that the best and only way to do that is in community. We need each other. We learn and practice virtue in the life of the Church.
Together we seek to grow more like Christ so that we can live as Christ’s body in the world, as salt and light.
Together we are called not to be overcome by evil, but to overcome evil with good.
Teach us, good Lord, to serve as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost;
to fight and not to heed the wounds;
to toil and not to seek for rest;
to labour and not to seek for any reward,
save that of knowing that we do your will.
Ignatius of Loyola (1556)
Review the way you engage with our local church community. Are you involved enough to live out Romans 12 together?