A bold benediction

 Let’s face it, we all like to be blessed. It makes us feel affirmed, valued, loved and included. It’s not often that we’re challenged as we’re blessed so in the spirit of Jackie Pullinger who would encourage us all the look for every opportunity to reach out to the broken, the unloved and the excluded, I offer you this Franciscan benediction and the thought of what would happen if this was said at the end of your Church service this week.

May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.

May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done to bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.

Amen.

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