Monday, June 6, 2016

How hungry are you?

Today in the gospel we have the beatitudes. How many times have we heard them?

And yet one in particular stands out

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled

This raises a question for each of us:

What do I hunger and thirst for?

There is clearly a great hunger around us. We hear angry voices on all sides day and night. Malcontent seems to be a chronic condition for so many people and yet how many are really ready to honestly name the hunger: hunger for power, wealth, affirmation, recognition, freedom misunderstood as the power to do whatever I want, hunger for control, or just a general hunger for more. We call it gluttony. 

How many of us honestly hunger and thirst for righteousness? How many of us can honestly say that the hunger that drives our actions is a hunger for a proper relationship with God?

The problem is that we do hunger and thirst for righteousness; we just don't know it. We mistakenly confuse the hunger of our soul for some hunger of our flesh. Human love is good, but no human relationship will ever satisfy the hunger that every human has for God. True freedom is not the ability to do what I want when I want; it is the freedom to choose the good, and to be the person God has called you to be. 

As we walk through today it would be good to monitor our hungers, and notice the ones that are misdirected. And listen carefully for the hunger of your soul, which can only be filled with God.