Meditation on “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be satisfied.”Lk 6:21.

“Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be satisfied.”Lk 6:21. Perhaps this should be seen in the perspective of its opposite, 4 verses later: “Woe to you who are full now, for you shall be hungry.” Lk 6:25  While one’s initial reaction is to identify this as physical hunger, particularly immediately following the poor-rich contrast and Luke’s propensity for the poor and his emphasis on the temporal works of mercy as seen especially in Acts, such an interpretation should be seen (a) in light of the multiplication of the loaves which, it is pointed out by Mark that even his Apostles did not comprehend:  “for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.” Mk 6:52. [See also Mt 16: 5-12] It is obvious that God can physically feed us all. But (b) in light of Mt 5:6, where hunger is for righteousness or justice, this must also be interpreted in a allegorical forum, pointing to both the presence of the Kingdom as well as the sacrificing by Christ of his own body and blood for our saving food which will abundantly satisfy our spiritual hunger.  In the moral interpretation, such hunger is, perhaps, best interpreted as being for justice, both in ourselves, but especially for all others, particularly the poor.  The anagogical or eschatological view is that, here on earth, all our hungers, physical, spiritual and moral, will not be fully satisfied.  It is only in heaven that truly “you shall be satisfied.”


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