In the Sermon on the Plain, Jesus affirms that those who are still hungry are happier than those who are already satisfied. And this reversal of values gets at the very heart of the Jewish understanding of the human condition: complete satisfaction is an illusion, while hunger is the awareness that the imperfection of life is what truly satisfies.
Being honest about the imperfection that surrounds us — the pain, questions, loneliness, doubt, anxiety that we all carry — is the way to experiencing deeper and more meaningful relationships, where vulnerability becomes an invitation for us to see each other’s humanity more clearly. What makes us human is that we are, all of us, ultimately unable to master reality. And yet, in the very imperfection that penetrates our being, we find the connecting thread that unites us