August 15, 2022     7:10 am
312. Week of Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity - Wednesday
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness
          Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled.   Mathew 5:6
          All poor sinners who truly believe in Jesus Christ have and possess with Him that righteousness with which they can stand before God and be saved. For the righteousness of Christ is imputed to true faith, be it strong or weak. And this is valid before God and will be of value before His judgment seat, for it is a spotless and perfect righteousness. Christians need not hunger and thirst after this righteousness of faith; they have it already, and they praise the unfathomable grace of God who has graciously procured this righteousness for them, and through faith gives and appropriates it to them. But now they hunger and thirst after another righteousness. They hunger and thirst after a righteousness which they are to practice in their everyday life. Because they have learned to know and have experienced the wonderful grace of God, thanks to which all their sins are forgiven and in no way imputed to them, they continually hunger and thirst to do only that which God would have them do and that which is for the good of their neighbour. And it saddens them that they succeed so poorly. For their old Adam clings to them until they die. And so this hunger and thirst is with them until they depart this life. Indeed, the better Christians we become, the more this hunger and thirst increases, as well as the grief that goes with it. But for this very reason, just because we hunger and thirst in this manner, we are blessed people. For by the grace of God we shall then more and more succeed to do right. And when this brief time is past, when we fall asleep and awaken again, then we shall be perfectly righteous. Our hunger and thirst shall be satisfied.
          PRAYER: - Give to me, therefore, O merciful God, give to me, whom You have graciously received as Your child, that hunger and thirst after righteousness which I should practice in my whole life, in everything that I may think or desire, speak or do. Increase this hunger and thirst within me! And satisfy it, O God! Satisfy it more and more by helping me to do what is right. Satisfy it fully when I shall awaken with Your image. Amen

Third Part : The Christian's Life and Death
August 15, 2022     7:10 am