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May 26

Matthew 5, 5-6

Something to read

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
New Revised Standard Version

Something to think about

The scholar Mark Allan Powell suggests there is a way of reading ‘blessed are the meek’ that imagines that what Jesus is talking about is not the idea that the meek are the ‘humble’ but that the meek are the humiliated.

In this understanding the meek are those who are economically poor and in economic need. These words then are being spoken to people in this world who are thought of as lowly, not because they mean to be virtuous, but because they have been humiliated by the powerful who have disempowered them.

With the second beatitude here, there is a sense of longing, of living into the beatitude. The idea of hungering for something suggests it is something essential, something that when it is lacking, the longing for it takes over everything.

It is a way of being in the kingdom of God: longing for justice to fill the vacuum of injustice. In the same way a vacuum can’t stand the lack of air, so God’s Realm cannot stand the lack of justice. 

Something to do

Talk to someone about how Jesus is found among the meek. Sharing that good news can refocus us in our journey, so perhaps retell a story of Jesus or a teaching of Jesus that may help yourself or another to hear again Jesus' words for the meek. 

Something to pray

God of blessing,
may we be hungry
for renewal,
for those gifts
that transform our living
into community;
may we be hungry
for a realm of love,
that takes who we are now,
and resurrects it into who we shall be,
may we long
for the things of heaven,

Today's contributor is the Rev Roddy Hamilton, Minister of the Church of Scotland at New Kilpatrick Parish Church, Bearsden


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