In this verse, Jesus proclaims that the blessed are those “who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
One commentator has suggested that the use of the word righteous does not simply mean the oppressed or the down trodden. Rather the verse is consistent with the Beatitudes in painting a picture of what Jesus described as the Kingdom of God.
Jesus is referring to the vindication of the people of God as part of God’s plan. In other words, God’s plan is to save us and vindicate us. It is a real message of hope.
Lent occurs this year very much in what has been a very cold winter. While the days are getting longer, the periods of darkness are very long.
This verse is a real proclamation of God’s faith in us and his wonderful plan for us as revealed in Jesus Christ. For this we should give thanks.
The Reverend Deacon Roderick McDowell, St. Paul’s Fort Erie.