Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness

“The Purification of the Temple” by El Greco

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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