Righteousness…

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness

 

This is also translated as Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake – (Matthew 5:10)

 

Maybe this brings to mind a comedy skit done years ago by Bill Cosby about Noah and the Ark, God is giving instructions to Noah about how it is that he is to build the Ark. God says.. :”You will build the Ark 300 cubits by 50 cubits.” and Noah says “Riiiiiiiiiiight……………. What’s a cubit ?”

 

So I say to yourself, suffering for righteousness , or thirsting for righteousness, must be all about justice. Well yes, and no..

 

Merriam -Webster Dictionary tells us that righteousness is this : ” morally good : following religious or moral laws ” (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/righteous)

 

With this definition, we shift the focus from something that is happening TO YOU, and moving that to something YOU CHOOSE. This is an important difference lets step back a little further. In the realm of your spiritual life, you possibly we baptized as an infant. That was something that happened to you. Your parents chose for your and brought you into the body of Christ. Later, you learned about God, about a life of faith, about the things that God desires for you, and with you.

 

At some point in your life, probably at Confirmation, or possibly earlier or later, you came to the decision for yourself. God offers the gift of salvation, and at some point you choose to either accept that gift, or not.

 

The Lord came into the world, and He could have chosen a rich family, an easy life, live an easy life to an old age and pass peacefully. Instead, He CHOSE to make unpopular decisions, He chose to suffer, He chose to die. He made a CHOICE in the manner of His life, in accordance with His Fathers holy will.

 

In our lives some choices may seem convoluted, and unclear. It is only when we view these choices through the lens of faith that the choices become clear.

 

In the encyclical Evangelium Vitae, Pope John Paul II shares “In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus demands from his disciples a righteousness which surpasses that of the Scribes and Pharisees, also with regard to respect for life: “You have heard that it was said to the men of old, ?You shall not kill; and whoever kills shall be liable to judgment’. But I say to you that every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment” (Mt 5:21-22).”

 

As you can see, scripture tells us yes, we need to stand up, and make the choices that fall in line with our faith, and when that persecution arrives, when we suffer for the choices that we have made, it is also incumbent upon us to make sure that we do not hate those who are persecuting us.

 

It is a hard thing to do, it is the very human side of our existence It is the reaction of the flesh, where we must instead CHOOSE to love, and to make the choice in line with our faith. In the making of those choices, it is a grace from God.

 

If you have made a choice to follow Christ, and others make a different choice. Do not hate them. If they leave your side, do not hate them. If they persecute you, or hate you, or what ever the reaction is. love them anyway. The brother, the stranger, the foreigner, the sinner, all of them we are commanded to love.

 

All the commandments, all the teachings, all the things that Jesus tried to teach us hinged on those two things. Love God, ,and love your brothers and sisters as yourself. In your efforts to do these two things, you will begin the life long journey to righteousness

 

May God give you the gift of His peace !

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One Response to “Righteousness…”

  1. sunshine69@yahoo.com Says:

    This is so cool. It reminds us why we are nor rich, or popular and have a mission in life for this life as well as the next

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