A hunger and thirst for justice

20.04.2016

 

'' Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.''
Matthew 5: 6

 

A hunger and thirst for justice follows the latest terrorist attacks in the world and this can hardly be fulfilled humanly. Jesus said: "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger" (John 6:35) and Scripture invites the hungry for justice to turn the gaze to the heaven, as from there has descended the One who has removed that hunger from our hearts. The apostle Paul reminds us that the preaching of the cross is foolishness and the foolishness of God is wiser than men. So God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, people without culture to shame the wise. The Scripture advises to trust the foolishness of God and invites us not to think like all men do. Only those who have accepted such advice can live in God's peace (shalom) in these days. And when He said "Live in peace with each other" (1 Thessalonians 5: 13b). The peace of God can dwell in our relationships if we fight those teachings not in accordance to His word, comfort the fainthearted, support the weak and we are patient toward all. Misadventures and difficulties can help to grow our patience and our peace. In peace we should encourage, exhort and comfort, and if necessary to forgive. So everyone can be loved, appreciated, valued and considered because in him dwells the Lord of peace, the God of love, the One who has changed our way of thinking and being.

A man went to his father and said, "I can not stand my wife, I want to kill her, but I'm afraid to be found out. Can you help me?" "Of course," he replied the father, who added: "There is a problem. You have to make sure that nobody suspects you." "How shall I do then?" The son asked. "You'll have to take care of her, be kind, grateful, patient, loving, less selfish, give her more attention and listening." Then handing a vial he added: "Every day you will give her a little of this poison in the food. So she will slowly die." A few days later, the man returned shocked to his father: "I do not want my wife to die. I realized that I love her. How do I do now because I poisoned her?" "Do not worry, it was just rice powder. She won’t die. The poison was inside you, and you were dying." When we hold a grudge we slowly die without realizing it. It is time to make peace with ourselves (and God), and after we will be able to do it with others. The Gospel is full of these lessons. It invites us to treat others the way you want to be treated, and to value them more than ourselves. Before going to meet God it sends us to make peace with our brother. Before it is too late let’s take the initiative to love, give, help, and above all to taste the joy of forgiving.

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