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Those who survived in the Andes did not want or like to eat human flesh, but they were hungry, and when a person is hungry, there are no limits: he will pay whatever amount necessary, and do whatever is needed. Sixteen of the forty-five passengers on the plane that crashed in the Andes in the 70s only survived because they ate human flesh.

The Lord Jesus said:

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6

What characterizes a person who hungers and thirsts for justice is their obedience to the Voice of God, no matter what has to be done: whether he wants to or not; a decision has to be made; if he has to leave someone behind; if he has to lose something; if someone will be upset because of his decision, etc. Those who are hungry don’t waste time with the opinion of others because hunger is individual; this is, no one eats for me, and I can’t eat for anyone else.

There are two characters in the Bible that show the difference between hunger and religiosity:

Despite having money and observing the commandments, the rich young man knew he lacked something; nothing was enough to satisfy him. The Lord Jesus knew exactly what the problem was and told the young man to sacrifice, but because he was not hungry, he walked away feeling sad; he did not have the strength to obey. The religious know what they have to do, but they lack hunger, and this is where emotions and excuses come into play.

Zacchaeus did not receive sympathy from the people. He was a tax collector, he was of short stature and he was a thief, but hunger made him climb a tree and then descend quickly when called by the Lord Jesus. When there is hunger, the person does not delay; hunger does not wait and does not accept excuses. The Lord Jesus did not need to show him what to do or give him a command; Zacchaeus knew what he had to do and did it. He decided to fix his relationship with God; he didn’t wait for the uproar to die down, he didn’t need time to think, or to talk to his family, no! He was hungry and everything happened very quickly. The Lord Jesus said, “Today salvation has come to this house.” He was tired of that situation, like never before.

When a person is religious, he does not have the strength to obey and live in the discipline of the Kingdom of Heaven; therefore, even with all good intentions, the only certainty he has is that something is always missing, and everyone around him is guilty.

When a person is hungry and thirsty for righteousness (God), he has the strength to act, to make decisions, to walk with his own two legs and to let go of what is wrong, such as sin, things and people that keep him from being fulfilled, of being the source of life through the baptism with the Holy Spirit.

Bishop Macedo
Bishop Macedo

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