“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness . . . ” Q&A #10

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:
for they shall be filled.

Question: What if we are trying to do good most of the time, but we do not seem to make progress, or we fail?

Answer: Take a closer look at the Beatitude. It does not say that those who are already righteous will be filled, but that those who hunger for righteousness, shall be filled. There’s
a difference.

It is an on-going, life-long process. As we strive to be good and do right, we will be given more than we need: we will “be filled.” By using what we are given — by demonstrating the truth that
is revealed to us — our understanding and ability are expanded. We are ready to take on more. And, so, we continue to hunger and thirst for more. In fact, it may seem as if there will never be a time when we will be satisfied with our spiritual growth. There is always something more we can do, or learn, or share.

What is important is how we feel in our heart: our motives or reasons for doing what we do. It is not a question of trying to be perfect mortals.

“We should examine ourselves and learn what is the affection and purpose of the heart, for in this way only can we learn what we honestly are.” (S&H 8)

When should we be satisfied? David tells us in one of his Psalms:

“As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.” (Psalm 17)

Further Study: Have you studied David’s story? He often made mistakes, but he truly hungered for righteousness. God knew David had a good heart.

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
Copyright 2002)

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