Daily Bread

Wis 3:1-9; Rom 5:5-11; Jn 6:37-40

But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.

As I write this, in July, the United States has experienced a terrible week of violence and death, much of it played over and over again on social media. Other parts of the world have had similar experiences. It doesn’t matter what we think of the people who died, the people who protest or the people who carried out various attacks. What matters is what God thinks – and God loves them all. God loves us all. It’s easy to think we live in a God-forsaken world, but we are not God-forsaken. We are God’s beloved, and we are called to live and share God’s love, turning our despair and anger into action for peace and justice.

Surround and sustain us when we need it most, Divine Love.

Rv 7:2-4, 9-14; 1 Jn 3:1-3; Mt 5:1-12a

Blessed are those who mourn.

Of all the Beatitudes, this is the only one that applies to each and every one of us. But why would Jesus say this? How can Jesus say there is any kind of blessing in moments of emotional upheaval, loss and grief? Jesus undoubtedly knew about grief – he saw the broken and the wounded, he encountered parents with dying children, and he himself cried when he learned of Lazarus’ death. And somehow he saw blessing in all of it. As we remember the saints who have gone before us, the cloud of witnesses that surrounds us, we are indeed blessed.

With the saints of all times and places, we sing your praises.