FRIDAY, MARCH 4TH
A TIME OF BLESSING
Friday times with Jesus may soon become our favorite times – as we come to receive a blessing from our teacher and mentor. Today Jesus says to us,
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven...
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (Matthew 5:3,6 NRSV)
“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled.” (Luke 6:20-21, NRSV)
Abide in his presence and words of blessing for a few moments. Is there anything that you are especially lacking at this time? Are you feeling more of a physical poverty or a spiritual emptiness in any way? Could you be feeling a physical hunger or a spiritual longing? What blessing might Jesus be giving you through this lack?
Each gospel writer adapted Jesus’s words to convey different meanings for their intended readers, but I sense that Jesus would be satisfied with both blessings. Whether we are poor, or poor in spirit, Jesus promises that God will provide all the gifts of God’s kingdom. Whether we are hungry, or hungry for righteousness, Jesus promises that God will fill us. Whatever we are lacking, God will supply. This blessing offers us so much reassurance!
And I have found another blessing: our need can actually draw us closer to God. I have been so fortunate to have lived in financial security and spiritual peace for much of my life. But in a few difficult times – a short-term but worrisome lack of finances, a guilt-ridden and heartbreaking divorce, a frightening and uncertain time of cancer – I found myself desperate for God. I earnestly sought God for guidance, peace, forgiveness, and hope. All the time. And I felt God’s deep, abiding love holding me and helping me. All the time.
Our blessing for today is to know that God is truly aware of our needs and will satisfy them. What blessing do you seek most today, what are you hungry for? What is your deepest longing, your heart’s desire, your greatest need? Our mentor Jesus reassures us and promises us that God will fill us with all good things. The kingdom of God is here. The gifts of God are ours.
We are so very blessed. All the time.