Blessed are they that hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
DO YOU WANT TO BE HAPPY?
What does it mean to be “blessed”? In this case, blessed comes from the Greek word, Makarios, meaning: supremely blessed, by extension fortunate, well off, blessed, happy.
When we live the message of the Beatitudes, we experience what it is like to “be blessed,” and we serve as a conduit of God’s blessing to others.
WISDOM of the saints
Righteousness is the natural and essential food of the soul. The soul can no more be satisfied by earthly treasures than the hunger of the body can be satisfied by air. Imagine: if you were to see a starving man standing with his mouth open to the wind, gulping the air in hope of gratifying his hunger, you’d think he was crazy. But it’s no less foolish to imagine that the soul can be satisfied with worldly things that only inflate it without feeding it.
~ St. Bernard of Clairvaux
On Loving God, 7
SCHOOL OF DISCIPLESHIP
Day 4: Blessed are they that hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be satisfied.
Takeaway: Righteousness is holiness or moral perfection. We should hunger for this holiness – like we hunger for food!
Reflection: “True holiness does not mean a flight from the world; rather it means an effort to incarnate the Gospel in everyday
life.” -Pope St. John Paul II
Challenge: How can I take a step toward greater holiness today?
- Find ways to feed your spiritual hunger: say a decade of the rosary as you drive, find a podcast to enjoy or a daily devotional you can read.
- Commit to arriving at church five minutes early so you can spend that time in preparing your heart to receive the Lord.
- Identify areas where you are trying to be self-sufficient instead of realizing your hunger and thirst for God and release them to his control.
From the catechism
Christ . . . makes man fully manifest to man himself and brings to light his exalted vocation
In Man, true freedom is an “outstanding manifestation of the divine image”
The way of perfection passes by way of the Cross. There is no holiness without renunciation and spiritual battle. Spiritual progress entails the ascesis and mortification that gradually lead to living in the peace and joy of the Beatitudes.
Let Us Pray
Good and gracious God,
I want to be happy. And I wait on you. Give me today all that I need. I trust in you.
Grant me your peace and keep sloth far from me. Help me to rely on you. Teach me your ways. Give me your strength and guidance.
Come to me, Father, and fulfill me. Bring me into your kingdom! Show me happiness.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen