That is truly an excellent question. I believe that to be poor in spirit is recognizing our own spiritual poverty. It is realizing that without God we are spiritually poor. We are lost. We are all sinners and have fallen very, very short of the glory of God. We have and are nothing without Him. However, those who are poor in spirit have immense hope in the fact that they are able to see their need for salvation through faith in Jesus. We can see our own inability to save ourselves by our own small efforts or good deeds. We can see that we can never be saved unless God Himself shows mercy on us. The poverty that is described in that first Beatitude is very similar to the poor-ness of a beggar or some homeless people. We have no way of helping ourselves at all.
There is nothing we can do to earn salvation, it is purely and unquestionably a gift of grace from God our heavenly father which is accomplished by His Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ on the wood of the cross. We receive this gift through faith alone and this faith is freely given to each of us who humble ourselves before the Lord, thereby becoming poor in spirit.
And so to all who are feeling “Poor in the Spirit,” rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Thought for the day: Ash Wednesday is only about a month away!
October 17, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC