Saturday, February 26, 2011

Blessed Are You

it's amazing how things often "line up," how there is a convergence of ideas.  this morning as part of my meditation and prayer time, i re-read the beatitudes from an online parallel gospel site.  it seemed that each subsequent reading that followed referenced the teachings of the beatitudes in some way; some even directly quoted one of the beatitudes.  to understand the depth of teaching in this short passage will take more than a lifetime, but i am focused on one this morning: "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled." (matthew 5:6), and the parallel verse in luke 6:21a: "Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be filled."

just after reading the beatitudes, i visited the archives of one of my favorite blogs, where i read leo's commentary on the golden rule.  in it, he referenced a prayer to practice the golden rule.  both his commentary and the prayer to which he referred made me think about the meaning of hungering and thirsting after righteousness.  is that what such hunger and thirst is about, the need to practice the golden rule?  such practice must be the essence of righteous living.  what would the world be like if each of us spent part of each day remembering the golden rule so that we could apply it in our daily lives?

just after my visit to zen habits, i stopped off at another favorite blog, where jen had listed her own set of  aphorisms in the form of a series of "enoughs."  as if i didn't already have plenty of food for thought after reading matthew, luke, and leo, here were more ideas to think about!  jen wrote a great list, and i'll revisit that list as i mull over the other readings from this morning.  i hope you'll look at jen's "enoughs."

it's amazing how much challenge can be crammed into a few words.  my prayer today is that we all think about and seek to live the golden rule, that we each hunger and thirst after righteousness, and that we will all be filled.

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