Capsule for the Day
St. Augustine's understanding of faith is very revealing. "Faith is believing in things unseen; and the reward for faith is seeing the things we believe". This makes a lot of sense when we reflect on it in the light of the Beatitudes. For we don't see the comfort when we mourn nor do we see the inheritance of the earth when we are meek. We believe in the unseen.
And our faith pays off. We are rewarded with the reality of that which was lurking in the unseen. It is remarkable how Jesus captures all our human cravings in the Beatitudes. He knows that deep within us, we hunger and thirst for justice. Justice as we understand it to mean giving to each his or her due. For we all hunger and thirst for the good, our due.
Christ was confirming the Beatitudes when He said "return good for evil". The good is the justice that is the due of every human being. However, there can be no good without the Good, God. So, to have justice, we need to have God. For God is the source of all good. "Happy are those who hunger and thirst for justice" are those who hunger for the Good.
Fr. Francis Afu