Taste and See: unworldly?

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How happy are the poor in spirit: theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

It is the Lord who keeps faith for ever,
who is just to those who are oppressed.
It is he who gives bread to the hungry,
the Lord, who sets prisoners free.

How happy are the poor in spirit: theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

It is the Lord who gives sight to the blind,
who raises up those who are bowed down,
the Lord, who protects the stranger
and upholds the widow and orphan.

How happy are the poor in spirit: theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

It is the Lord who loves the just
but thwarts the path of the wicked.
The Lord will reign for ever,
Zion’s God, from age to age.

How happy are the poor in spirit: theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Psalm 145:6-10

The Psalm at Mass yesterday, the 4th Sunday of the Year, set before us God’s choices, and challenged us about ours.

Are the choices we make about self-protection and seeking after our own well-being or do they have us seek to respond lovingly to the needs of others.

  • As we go through this new day, maybe we can keep a check. What am I doing for others? What am I doing for myself.
  • How do I invite them to an experience of unity with me and ‘us’, and how do I define them as ‘them’ and other’?

The choir of manufacturers of weapons: a strong fortress is our Geneva.’  John Heartfield, photomontage for AIZ magazine, 1934. Displayed in Tate Modern, London. Photograph (c) 2016, Allen Morris

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