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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 9, 2022

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MONDAY, May 9
[Gregory of Nazianzus]

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

Hungering and thirsting for righteousness indicates that the satisfaction will not last, that righteousness is a temporary condition. John baptized for the forgiveness of sins. However, when Jesus was baptized to fulfill all righteousness, the voice from heaven proclaimed, “This is my son, the beloved.” This is a relationship, not a condition.

The lone cowboy is a popular image. The reality is that most cattle work is done in teams: one cowboy blocks, and the other catches or sorts. One restrains while the other checks a temperature, removes a grass awn from the eye, or injects medicine. Each person pays close attention to what the other is doing and how the cow is responding. The ability of one cowboy to do their job and adjust to what the other is doing has a profound effect on the success of the venture.

Righteousness is not so much about being right as about working with others so that all succeed.

MOVING FORWARD: How does this understanding of righteousness make you think about the beatitude from Matthew in a new way?

PRAY for the Diocese of Lexington (The Episcopal Church)

Ps 41, 52 * 44 | Exodus 32:1-20 | Colossians 3:18—4:6(7-18) | Matthew 5:1-10

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