Sunday, November 1, 2015

Matthew 5:3 (NRSV): Spiritual Humility

Matthew 5:3 (NRSV): Spiritual Humility
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

The Beatitudes offer one of the most accurate but also hard-to-pin-down lessons on discipleship.  Jesus, delivering His Sermon on the Mount, offers this lesson: We must be poor in spirit in order to receive the kingdom of heaven.  Does poverty, in this context and audience, mean to be monetarily poor? No. Poor in spirit is to practice spiritual humility; it is to rely on God no matter how intellectually talented, rich, or powerful we are in this world.  In this spiritual humility, a humility modeled by Jesus, we find, as Fr. James Martin mentions in his tweet, true happiness. Happy are we who offer ourselves in humble service to God and neighbor.

May you all be blessed and encouraged in the love and peace of Christ.  

Please keep each other and our special intentions in prayer this week.