Poem For The Sunday Lectionary (Epiphany 4, Yr A, 2020)

BLESSÉD ONE
(Matthew 5: 1-12)

Blesséd One, whose Spirit dwelling with and in us
is self-emptying, self-giving,
may we see in you the realm and reign of heaven.

Blesséd One, who with us mourns, grieving
for the brokenness of the world,
may we know with you the comfort of God’s healing care.

Blesséd One, whose meekness, whose gentleness
challenges the violence of domination,
may you grow in us the kindness that saves the world.

Blesséd One, who in and with us hungers and thirsts
for justice and righted life,
may you satisfy our longing for the new creation.

Blesséd One, so merciful, mending and restoring
our lonely and suffering souls,
through our own gifts may others come to know your mercy.

Blesséd One, in whose heart of pure and eternal love
we behold God’s living presence,
may shadows lift that hide God’s light from our eyes.

Blesséd One, bringer and giver of God’s shalom for
all oppressed and hurting,
may we too as God’s children create the peace of God.

Blesséd One, persecuted by powers of injustice
and whom the selfish opposed,
may we with you know the victory of God’s reign and realm.

Blesséd One, who was crucified, but who
has risen over evil and hatred,
we rejoice that you are in and with us, as blessings ourselves.

Copyright ©2020 by Andrew King

2 thoughts on “Poem For The Sunday Lectionary (Epiphany 4, Yr A, 2020)

  1. Lorraine Mitchell says:

    Thank you Andy. I think you could preach a sermon based on this inspiring poem.

    Lorraine

  2. Thank you for all you do. In keeping with a previous permission and what I have read of your replies to others, I took the liberty to quote your poem, The Price, in my sermon Sunday from Matthew 5:21-37. It was the perfect expression of my point. I spoke of how Jesus was superseding ancient authority, strengthening already stringent rules, and setting the priority on relationships and reconciliation. Thank you for your gifts to those who attempt to follow Jesus.

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