“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (Mt. 5:6)
What does it mean to hunger
and thirst for righteousness? The word
for righteousness, in the Greek, is dikaiosynē. It means the state of him who is as he
ought to be. Thus, to hunger and
thirst for righteousness means to yearn for and long for and work for all
things, people, and relationships to be as God intended them to be.
Those who hunger and thirst
for righteousness are agents of life and hope and change in this world. They are the ones who are called and
empowered to bring the hope and the healing and the wholeness of God into this
dark and broken world. They are the ones
who are constantly working to help roll back the effects of the fall, by giving
people a taste of the kingdom of God in the here and now. They are ones who are called to live and to love
as God intended.