Posted by Forrest Parkinson

Q 10 (Part 1)
Happy are you who are hungry, you shall be satisfied.
Fortunate are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.
Borg-Powelson-Riegert Reconstruction (1996) ref:
Matthew 5: 4,6 & Luke 6: 21


Prayer of St. Francis
sung by the
Dragon School Choir

Matthew 5: 4,6
‘Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
‘Blessed are those who
hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.

Luke 6: 21
‘Blessed are you who are hungry now,
for you will be filled.
‘Blessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.

Dear Jesus Way friends

Moira will be leading the Saturday 5 o’clock this week, I know we all enjoy her perspectives how she facilitates discussions. These saying from the Beatitudes are key principles to Jesus’ understanding of God and living with hope in suffering.

Doris, Michael, Andrew and I are off to Grand Rapids to attend the ICCC (International Council of Community Churches) annual conference Doris has an amazing program she will be leading for the young adult participants. The ICCC is in a time of transition, so there will lots of intense committee meetings, so pray for me, too! I’m on the ecumenical commission. It’s a long drive there and back, so please pray for travel mercies!

Jesus teaches us that in times of hardship, suffering and real need, there is cause for hope. And he was talking to those who would be instruments of that hope as well as those in oppression.

CLICK to link to a Classic Study on Hunger, Poverty and Biblical Religion by Bruce C. Birch*

Thank you for all your support for Moira and myself. I’ll be back next week.



*Dr. Birch was the professor of Old Testament at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. This article appeared in The Christian Century, June 11-18, 1975 pp. 593-599.