Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:6
Put differently, “Blessed are they that are starving for righteousness…” Jesus uses these elemental human instincts to illustrate the passionate desire for holiness. The person who has an unquenchable thirst and insatiable hunger for a holy life shall only be satisfied by God.
This BEATITUDES prompt a look at our heart’s desires. John W. Miller would ask: “What hungers and desires operate within us? Which of them commands our utmost loyalty? Is righteousness our sole and primary quest? What are the object of your spiritual aspiration or longing? What do you thirst for?” David declared in Psalms 42:2: “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” St. Teresa of Avila wrote: “Thirst, I think, means the desire for something very necessary for us; so necessary that if we have none of it we shall die.”
The story is told of a young student who went to his spiritual teacher and asked the question, “Master, how can I truly find God?” The teacher asked the student to accompany him to the river which ran by the village and invited him to go into the water. When they got to the middle of the stream, the teacher said, “Please immerse yourself in the water.” The student did as he was instructed, whereupon the teacher put his hands on the young man’s head and held him under the water. Presently the student began to struggle. The master held him under still. A moment passed and the student was thrashing and beating the water and air with his arms. Still, the master held him under the water. Finally, the student was released and shot up from the water, lungs aching and gasping for air. The teacher waited for a few moments and then said, “When you desire God as truly as you desire to breathe the air you just breathed — then you shall find God.”
Beloved, just as dehydration draws the whole of our physical being to a longing for water, so we are to thirst and hunger for God. Without this level of spiritual hunger and thirst, not for miracles, not for solutions to problems, not for power, not for fame and wealth, but only for righteousness, only then shall our satisfaction be guaranteed. Only the thirsty disciples are invited and promised satisfaction. John 7:37 captures it thus: “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.”
Today we must pray to the Lord to renew/revive a deep craving, a passionate thirst for righteousness in our hearts and that of our society.
Acts 4:1-12; Ps 118:1-2.4.22-24.25-27ab (R.22); Accl Ps 118:24; Gosp Jn 21:1-14 OCTAVE OF EASTER
1. Lord Jesus, make us thirst for You, the fountain of all holiness, and actively spread Your influence in our private lives and society, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
2. Take the prayer of St. Pio “Stay with Me, Lord” in DSD Section A.
Exercise: Ask yourself, “Is righteousness my primary quest in my Christian life?”
Meditation: Psalms 63:1-5.