Discovery Bible Reading
Read the following passage three times and each time ask the corresponding question.
- What does this passage tell me about God?
- What does it tell me about people and myself?
- If this is really God’s word (and words of Jesus specifically), what changes should I make in my life today?
Matthew 5:3-10 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
One line in the Beatitudes, as the passage we read today is called says “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be fed.” Righteousness is right living or justice. What does it mean to hunger and thirst for righteousness in regards to racial justice today?
We keep learning about more Black people being killed by the police: Laquan McDonald, Tamir Rice, Breanna Taylor, George Floyd, Elijah McClain….
It can feel like the injustices are insurmountable but “Campaign Zero has ten evidence-based solutions to address police violence.” Check them out.
In order for this hunger and thirst for righteousness to be filled we need to find out what is needed to make our local policing fair and right.
Campaign Zero also has a project called “8Can’tWait, with eight specific policies to be prioritized to end police violence.” (This is from this great article https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234)
Take a few minutes on https://8cantwait.org/ and look up your town and find out what policies your city or town has implemented and what progress is needed.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We want to be called your children. Let us be counted among the blessed. Let us be filled with a hunger and thirst for righteousness and as your word says, may it be filled.
And for your Black and Brown children who have been crying out for justice without ceasing may their hunger and thirst be filled.
And specifically for police reform we ask that changes would be real and lasting this year. We commit to joining in what you are doing.