“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)
Today the Gospel text inspired me to think about “the crowds” that followed Jesus. In Matthew 4:23-25, the crowd was described as people who had been healed of many things ~ or as I saw them ~ invisible people. They were people who society had cast aside and looked past them. And this is not unlike what we do today. There are many people among us who are invisible. Sure…we see their bodies, but we really don’t see them because we are so focused on filling OUR lives with meaning through worldly pursuits.
But as I was reading more in the Gospel text I saw something else. All the invisible people, after they were healed (essentially, made visible by the love of Jesus) continued to follow Jesus. And this lead me to Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
Isn’t that what we are all looking for ~ to be “filled” in someway? We try to fill ourselves with stuff, time, busyness, etc when all we need is Jesus. The people healed in the Gospel text could have returned to their communities, families, synagogues ~ restored ~ but they followed Jesus. They followed Jesus in order to be filled more with his teaching ~ and love. If only we would do the same.
Loving God, lover of our souls, you and you alone truly fill us. You and you alone truly give us meaning. You and you alone truly give us purpose.
We strive to fill ourselves.
We strive to fill our calendars with busyness.
We strive to fill our checkbooks.
We strive to fill our Facebook accounts with friends.
We strive to fill our homes and driveways.
We strive to fill our careers.
We strive for that which will not bring us life.
Humble our hearts, so much so, that we can see the only one who can truly fill us ~ Jesus Christ. Heal our “eye sight”, so much so, that we can see the invisible people in our lives ~ so as Christ fills us with his love we can in turn fill others with that same love. Help us to understand that all our striving to “fill ‘er up” is nothing more than a chasing after the wind.
Thank you, God, that through faith Jesus Christ, we are filled ~ with righteousness ~ that which we TRULY need.