Saturday, November 05, 2011

Blessed are...

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled (Matthew 5:6). Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are neither “do-gooders” seeking to establish their own rightness before God and humans, nor even those who work for “social justice,” worthy as their causes may be, for both activities too often lead to further division and to the self-righteousness that destroys the integrity of human community. Hungering and thirsting for righteousness describes those who yearn for the full restoration of broken relationships, who feel the ache and frustration of aloneness in the world, and who are willing to make themselves vulnerable to those who are enemies and strangers. Jesus promises that this hope will be satisfied in God’s reign.

Saunders, Stanley P. (2011-04-13). Preaching the Gospel of Matthew (p. 33). Westminster John Knox Press. Kindle Edition.

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