“Blessed Are Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness”
We hunger for food and we thirst for water because we must have food and water to live.
We are blessed if we hunger and thirst for righteousness, for a sound and whole relationship with God that develops into a similar relationship with ourselves and with each other, like we hunger and thirst for food and water, meaning that we realize that we just can’t live without it.
We cannot be blessed, then, if we can live our lives without a craving for such relationships that leads us to do everything we can to experience them.
Lord, as paradoxical as it may sound, fill us with a hunger and a thirst for righteousness.
Lord, deliver us from the frustration that will come to us if we think that we can satisfy that hunger and thirst for ourselves; help us instead to depend on you to satisfy them.
And Lord, would you cause us, as we experience some satisfying of our hunger and thirst for righteousness, to share what we have gained with others who are similarly hungry and thirsty.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matthew 5:6).