Longing for justice

The Doctor's Life Support for 22 July

‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.’

Matthew 5: 6

The concept of righteousness includes that of justice. Christ’s justice is filled with forgiveness, so surpassing every justice of the world. When he promised the Holy Spirit, he spoke of how he would ‘convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment …’ (John 16: 8) The world is full of injustices. Despite our souls having been created with a natural hunger and thirst for God’s righteousness, only his Spirit can help us to apply his justice to those in our care. This means that we should be hungering and thirsting for more of his vision and provision ourselves, not only for our own satisfaction but to spill over into the lives of others. Luke’s version of this beatitude is shorter: ‘Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied.’ (Luke 6: 21) As most of the hungry in the world are also poor, this emphasises our responsibility to relieve them, both practically and by confronting some of the injustices which oppress them. How can we do this in our lives as health professionals? A few may be called to act in the political arena, or to join missions or aid agencies on the front line of world need. Most of us lead more restricted lives, but we can usually offer health education, and sometimes more practical assistance, to those we meet who live in material poverty. It is certain, too, that even the most prosperous of our patients can have a conscious lack of deeper satisfaction. By being close to people, we have the great privilege – and responsibility – of sharing with hungry souls where to find the bread and water of spiritual life. It is an injustice not to do so.

Written by Gellert Belon from Hungary

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