Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:6
In 1981 Martin J. Nystrom while reflecting on Psalm 42:1 wrote this worship song which capture the focus of today’s reflection: : (Verse 1) “As the deer panteth for the water, So my soul longeth after thee, You alone are my heart’s desire, And I long to worship thee. (Verse 2) You’re my friend and You are my brother, Even though you are a King. I love you more than any other, So much more than anything. (Verse 3) I want You more than gold or silver, Only You can satisfy. You alone are the real joy Giver, and the apple of my eye. (Chorus): You alone are my strength my shield, To You alone may my spirit yield; You alone are my heart’s desire, And I long to worship thee”.
The hunger and thirst of which Jesus speaks about are not physical but spiritual longing which human provision cannot satisfy. Jesus is talking about those who are yearning to attain holiness and righteousness, which means conformity with the divine will. As hunger and thirst are the deepest of our desire for food, so Jesus, by employing this figure here, plainly means “those whose deepest cravings are after spiritual blessings. Some believers today are hungering and thirsting for sensual satisfactions, as such are never satisfied, and will never be satisfied. Beloved in Christ, a more excellent way and excellent object of our hunger and thirst should be for righteousness and holiness. For blessed are they, who first seek the kingdom of heaven, and the righteousness thereof, God will fill them with what they desire.( Mat. 6:33)
There are some people who say they are hungry for the things of God, but do not really mean it, because their actions speak contrary to their words. When you long for Jesus, desire to live the new life in Christ, when you truly seek the forgiveness of God over your sins, when you yearn for intimacy with God, earnestly thirst for the anointing of the Holy Spirit, when you’re sincerely passionate for divine power, you will surely have it. This is the assurance of our reflection today “for they will be filled.” When God becomes the very centre of our affection, of our feelings, of our thinking, of our passion, of our search, of our cravings, then we are assured that we shall be satisfied. The secret of holiness is continuous hunger for it. You stop becoming holy the moment you stop thirsting for it.
What is your deepest hunger? Is God the most valuable thing you are thirsting for? Do you still desire to live a holy life? What has happened to your hunger for prayer? Have you lost your passion for evangelism? Do you still think about Jesus? Do you still keep your covenant time with God? Do you still long to be in the presence of God as before? Do you still receive Jesus the Bread of Life in the Eucharist worthily? Do you still enjoy going to the Blessed Sacrament to spend some time with Jesus? Are you still burning for the Lord? Are you now living in your past glory? Have you allowed your quest for money and earthly goods to quench your hunger and thirst for righteousness? Hear this, “Blessed are those who passionately long for the Lord, Jesus Christ, for he will satisfy their souls”.
- Ask the Lord to revive you, to visit you in a new way, to pour His Spirit upon you, to break hardness of sin in your life and to take over your life in the name of Jesus- Amen.
- O Lord, set me apart for your use, in the name of Jesus.
- Holy Ghost, stir me up from this lukewarmness, in the name of Jesus.
- O Lord, raise me up from where I have fallen and make me walk with You again, in the name of Jesus.
- Plant my heart, O Lord, in your ways and create a deep hunger for You in my heart, in the name of Jesus.
- Pray with Psalm 63 (take it seriously).
Exercise: Take the “Prayer for Spiritual Renewal”.
Memory Verse: John 4:14.