"Blessed are those that hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled." ~ Mt. 5:6
"Jesus does not say, 'Blessed are those who live righteously and maintain a righteous lifestyle.' Rather he affirms, 'Blessed are those that hunger and thirst after righteousness.' The statement presupposes that righteousness is something the faithful continuously strive after. The blessed are not those who arrive, but those who continue, at whatever cost, in their pilgrimage toward a more perfect righteousness. The constant, relentless drive toward righteousness characterizes the blessed."
Then the author asks "but what exactly is righteousness?" How do YOU define or think of righteousness? What are we supposed to hunger and thirst for?
Quote from page 77 in Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the Gospels by Kenneth E. Bailey