Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied
Did Christ live this beatitude? Christ said, “I came to cast fire upon the earth; and would that it were already kindled!” (Lk 12:49). When he drove the merchants out of the Temple because they were making his Father’s house into a den of thieves, his disciples remembered the prophet who said, “Zeal for thy house will consume me!” (Jn 2:14 ff; Ps 69:9). Christ’s entire work was to restore the justice which had existed between humanity and God before the fall. His last words were, “It is finished” (Jn 19:30). Christ hungered and thirsted so that human beings could again be righteous.
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