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Beatitude #4: You Who Hunger and Thirst for Justice

Blessed are you* who hunger and thirst for justice

*You who weep at the tears that flood the nightly newscast

you whose tears prompt you to action

You who are willing to practice joy in the fierce furnaces of this world 

you whose joy cultivates the courage 

to create a world where all may laugh,

where all may give and receive the joys of created life

You who reject easy definitions of freedom as

the freedom to do as you please

the freedom to shop your way to the good life

the freedom to envision your life outside the good of others

the freedom to stroll past human suffering, to scroll past human pain

You who embrace the freedom of the gospel

the freedom to love

the freedom to serve

the freedom to let love correct everything that stands against love 

You who are willing to be silent

to better hear the whispers of the upside-down revolution 

You who dare to be silent, to let silenced voices speak

You who dare to speak – for justice, for dignity, for hope, for yourselves – 

even after years of 

well-meaning but indifferent friends and dismissive congregations

You who read the numbers


200 000

22 828

4 822 472

and can imagine the pain of mothers fathers sons daughters sisters brothers friends partners kokums moshums grandpas omas 

all those grieving lost ones and loved ones and little ones who never came home who never come home who’ll never come home 

you who read the numbers of victims and imagine the lost lives of God’s image-bearers, each and every one 

You who can imagine that another world is possible 

that another world is coming

a world where valleys are raised and mountains laid low

where private mansions give way to community gardens and penthouse suites give way to public squares

a world where a gun is beaten into a garden hoe and drones are turned into ventilators 

a world where doors swing open wide and tables stretch long 

a world where love for God is matched only by love for neighbours.

Blessed are you*, who hunger and thirst for justice.

You will be filled. 



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