Children’s Prayer new series: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness
Boys and girls who pray,
Jesus’ beatitudes appear in both the Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of Luke. Matthew quotes them in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and they are more spiritual in nature: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness”. Luke, on the other hand, quotes them in Jesus’ Sermon on the Plain and they have a more earthly feel: “Happy are you who are hungry now”.
Luke also adds the Lord’s warning to the rich: “How terrible for you who are full now…”. This is a tender warning, because Jesus warns us that riches keep us from the Kingdom and we will end up sad. Only when we get rid of all the treasures that steal our heart, when we become poor and hungry for God, will he fill us with good things, as Mary said in the Magnificat.
God chooses the poor in this world to make them rich in faith and heirs of the Kingdom.
Hungering and thirsting for God’s righteousness means being eager to love God and love others. This shapes the destiny of the things we possess: we have to use them not for ourselves but for others. And without expecting anything in return, because the Lord has a greater reward for us.
That’s why hungering and thirsting for God’s righteousness also means filling those who are hungry in the world: hungry for food, hungry for material things and also hungry for God.
May the Lord make us hungry for his righteousness and give us the strength to deliver it in our lives!
Toni, hungering and thirsting for righteousness
PS In the Children’s Bible, look out for the comic and film: “The Sermon on the Mount: the Beatitudes”.
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