Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:
for they shall be filled.
Question: What does Jesus mean here by “hunger and thirst”?
Answer: Most likely you have known only what it felt like to be slightly hungry or thirsty for food and drink. Perhaps a meal was late, or you were playing outdoors in the sun and did not have
a drink with you. As uncomfortable as that may have been for you, it does not really compare to the kind of hunger and thirst Jesus was talking about here.
The hunger in this Beatitude can be compared to that of a person starving to death, perhaps in an area of famine. The thirst can be compared to someone who is about to die from lack of
water. It is not a mild grumbling in the stomach or a temporary dryness in the mouth. It is a hunger and thirst that means death if it is not soon taken care of. A man in that position would have no other desire than to get something to eat and drink. And, Jesus tells us this is how we must hunger and thirst for righteousness. It must be that important to us!
“O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.” (Ps. 63)
It is in our daily prayers to God that we go to Him with our desires. Mary Baker Eddy writes:
“Are we benefited by praying? Yes, the desire which goes forth hungering after righteousness is blessed of our Father, and it does not return unto us void.” (S&H 2)
Practice: Start thinking today about how important it is to you to be good, and to follow the laws of God.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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