Hungering after Righteousness

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled," said the Master. This passage of Scripture is both a promise and an admonition. Every mortal is constantly hungering; sometimes for material food, sometimes for amusement, for friends, for anything, in short, which he does not already seem to possess. If he has food, he still wants different varieties of it; if he is being amused, he tires of the form of amusement and wants a change. However much of this world's goods he has, he is continually trying to get more. And yet, we see all about us the dissatisfaction of mortals with the material things they have desired and come to possess. All have not learned, as did Solomon after he had gathered together of all the treasures the world then knew, that, materially speaking, "all is vanity and vexation of spirit." Mrs. Eddy expresses the same idea when she tells us in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 61), "The senses confer no real enjoyment."

Is not the whole trouble due to the failure of mortals to heed the word "righteousness" in the beatitude quoted above? Jesus said, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." When the five thousand had followed him out into a desert place, and had listened to him for, perhaps, many hours, he gave them food. Luke says in his account of this incident that Jesus "spake unto them of the kingdom of God." As a result of their seeking "the kingdom of God, and his righteousness," were not "these things" added unto them?

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March 1, 1924

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