Among the Beatitudes, the most often I remember is the one saying – ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.’
Poor is defined ‘as not having enough money for the basic things that people need to live properly.’ When it comes to this particular beatitude – being ‘poor in spirit’ is something we need to understand fully. It doesn’t refer to material wealth, but on things deeper and more meaningful. The other readings today tell us about God’s direction for us to embrace humility,
‘… God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong, and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, so that no human being might boast before God.’ (1 Cor. 1: 28)
This ‘poor in spirit’ has nothing to do with economic or social status. It must be about spiritual status, and our inner core. There’s a certain hunger in everyone, a hunger that money or wealth can’t satisfy. It is something beyond, something spiritual. Yet the difference is in understanding how to fulfill and what we do to quench that hunger. Some may choose material things, pride, wealth, alcohol, etc. to loosen that demand.
Have you realized that you can also find joy in Christ, and eventually fill up that spiritual hunger? Have we reached that stage in life, that we can detach ourselves from the things of this world, and fully rely only on Him?
This is the danger of living in a material world. We run getting too comfortable in the wealth we have acquired, and therefore run the risk of setting aside God in the process. It can blur our sight and distract our vision of getting through this search for the meaning of our lives. This is our mission in the life journey: to seek an authentic and living relationship with God – a relationship that is to live in humility as His Sons and Daughters. This intimacy with God, this ‘poverty’ of spirit, is what fills our thirst that material things cannot. It is a spiritual grace, and this is that what makes us better people in every other aspect of our lives.
Let us then pray to seek intimacy with God, and this can only be made possible if we seek humility and spiritual grace. Attaining that level of closeness with God is the only way to make this life journey a fulfilling and remarkable one.
‘Blessed are the poor in spirit; the kingdom of heaven is theirs! (Mt. 5: 3)