Happy those who hunger and thirst for what is right: they shall be satisfied”

Matthew 5:6

Monday, 08 June 2020

1 Kings 17:1-6; Psalm 120(121); Matthew 5:1-12

Over the last two weeks we have seen an upsurge of protest and resistance remarkable in a time of Covid-19 lockdowns. Throughout the United States, and then across the world, thousands of people have braved infection to confront a policing system that has repeatedly acted in a racist and illegal manner, demanding that US cities and states recognise that ‘Black Lives Matter’. The killing of George Floyd was nothing new. But this time the protests have gone further than previous racist incidents involving police.

It echoes for Christians the call of Jesus in the Beatitudes, a call as old as the faith, and indeed a call that resonates across faiths and ideologies. The promise in the Beatitudes is that these calls come from God and that it shall be satisfied.

Loving God

Send your Spirit to strengthen those who struggle for justice and To prick the consciences of those who hold public office; May all be guided by your Son’s call That justice may be done That right relations may be restored

Amen.

 
Fr Anthony Egan SJ

Fr Anthony Egan SJ (born Cape Town 1966; entered the Jesuits 1990; ordained 2002) has taught, full-time or part-time, at St Augustine College of South Africa, St John Vianney Seminary, Fordham University (on sabbatical) and the University of the Witwatersrand. The author/co-author of a number of books, book chapters, academic and popular articles, he is a correspondent for America magazine, a contributor to Worldwide and writes for spotlight.africa. He is also a commentator on local and international radio and television. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Helen Suzman Foundation. Extramural interests include Science Fiction, Theatre, Art and creative writing, including poetry.

a.egan@jesuitinstitute.org.za
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