During his catechesis, the pope reflected on the fourth Beatitude: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” The pope explained that every person has a yearning for the good.
He said even the most corrupt people have this longing, this thirst for God, which, he said, can be quenched by God's love.
EXCERPTS FROM POPE'S CATECHESIS
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
In our continuing catechesis on the Beatitudes, we now turn to the fourth Beatitude: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Jesus speaks not only of hungering and thirsting for personal and social justice, but also points to a deeper yearning for righteousness in the eyes of God. Psalm 63 expresses this thirst thus: “O God, you are my God, I pine for you; my heart thirsts for you.”
Saint Augustine puts it similarly: “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” This desire lies within every human heart and finds its fulfillment in Christ, who through the paschal mystery has reconciled us to the Father and calls us to share with everyone the Good News of our justification. The Beatitude promises us that by promoting justice in this highest sense, we will find true satisfaction, for our thirsting for righteousness will be quenched by the love God pours out upon his children.
I greet the English-speaking faithful joining us through the media, as we continue on our Lenten journey towards Easter. Upon all of you and your families, I invoke the joy and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. May God bless you!