“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled”
that we will be filled with great joy whenever we find ourselves wanting to be good, do good, and see good in the world, with as much feeling as someone who had not eaten in days would desire some food, or someone dying of thirst would want a drink of water. It is such a strong feeling, that we will do almost anything to see that it happens. “Righteousness” is the habit of thinking and doing all that is right and good. This Beatitude does not say we will be blessed, or happy, when we have become righteous, but that we are blessed because of our strong DESIRE for righteousness. That strong desire, which is as deep as someone starving for food and drink, will force us to take action, and do what is necessary to see that we do what is right, and that others are treated justly.
THE PROMISE AND REWARD:
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”
To “be filled” is to have a feeling of fullness, or to know for sure that you have everything you need. For instance, after eating a really good meal, your tummy is no longer empty, but “full.” This Beatitude suggests to us that if we continue to “hunger and thirst” for righteousness — all
that is right, and good, and just — we will be filled with the ability to do good. However, we do not get that good feeling of fullness just so that we can sit back and enjoy our own personal comfort. No! Our continued blessing comes from USING what we have proven to be true in
order to help others. This is the reward of those who have such a deep desire to know and do good, they will make the effort to do something about it, in order to save themselves and others from evil.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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