Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:
for they shall be filled.
Question: What is “righteousness”?
Answer: Righteousness is action or thought which is in line with divine or moral law.
Righteousness is all that is right, just, fair, and good. In Christian Science, righteousness
would be considered a quality that man expresses as a reflection of Principle. Principle
is a synonym of God, which defines Him as foundational Law — that which governs all.
Mary Baker Eddy describes Principle this way:
“From the infinite One in Christian Science comes one Principle and its infinite idea, and with this
infinitude come spiritual rules, laws, and their demonstration, which, like the great Giver, are ‘the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever;’ for thus are the divine Principle of healing and the
Christ-idea characterized in the epistle to the Hebrews.” (S&H 112)
Mrs. Eddy also writes: “The Christlike understanding of scientific being and divine healing
includes a perfect Principle and idea, — perfect God and perfect man, — as the basis of thought
and demonstration.” (S&H 259)
It is this oneness with our divine Principle that impels everyone — no matter how sinful they
appear to be — to want to be better than they are. It is natural for humans to struggle to be good. Jesus tells us with this Beatitude that we know we are heading in the right direction
when we start to “hunger and thirst” after goodness and righteousness.
Practice: Can you think of some other qualities that might reflect Principle? How would you use them?
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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