Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.
He said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Blessed are the poor in spirit
Whenever I think of this statement, my mind often draws in images of people who are depressed, left out and let down by society, hurt or suffering any kind of hatred prejudice. But maybe there is more to this statement then we perhaps understand on first reading.
Whenever I hear this beatitude, I think of the account of the Pharisee and the sinner praying to God at the wall. The Pharisee is praying that he is not like the sinner who commits sin each and everyday of lifes journey. While the Pharisee continues his prayer, the sinner alongside is struggling with deep shame, seeking forgiveness for the hurt he has caused. The sinner is turning to God seeking the Fathers guidance so he can follow Him and change his ways.
Jesus acknowledges in his teaching, that the sinner clearly understands his wrong doings and is truly seeking Gods forgiveness, while the Pharisee is not showing kindness and love to his neighbour. The Pharisee is judging.
To inheret the Kingdom of God, we need to be humble people, just like the humble Shepherd who leads us.
During this time of isolation, fear and anxiety, think how you can be humble in serving your neighbours.
Are you able to pick up the phone and speak to them to show you are there for others?
Can you show support by connecting others with community members who can offer help and assistance in this strange and concerning time. Jesus demonstrated humility throughout His earthly life and he calls us to mirror this way of living.
Show humility and love to those living close to you. Show them Gods blessings through your actions.