Jesus came down with the twelve
and stood on a stretch of level ground
with a great crowd of his disciples
and a large number of the people
from all Judea and Jerusalem
and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon.
And raising his eyes toward his disciples he said:
“Blessed are you who are poor,
for the kingdom of God is yours.
Blessed are you who are now hungry,
for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who are now weeping,
for you will laugh.
Blessed are you when people hate you,
and when they exclude and insult you,
and denounce your name as evil
on account of the Son of Man.
Rejoice and leap for joy on that day!
Behold, your reward will be great in heaven.
For their ancestors treated the prophets in the same way.
But woe to you who are rich,
for you have received your consolation.
Woe to you who are filled now,
for you will be hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now,
for you will grieve and weep.
Woe to you when all speak well of you,
for their ancestors treated the false
prophets in this way.”
+Prayer: Come Holy Spirit, Come Holy Spirit, Come Holy Spirit. Amen.
“Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours.” I love to ponder the Beauty and Freedom of Interior Poverty. To be utterly dependent upon God. To understand one’s daughtership/ sonship in the Father and to rejoice greatly that I am among His beloved children, that all that He has is mine and all that I have is His. To believe that because of this Truth, I have total access to the Kingdom, because I am His child, and have only that which He gives me. Of myself I am weak and poor, but that weakness and interior poverty leaves me utterly dependent upon my Father and here is where the “Blessedness,” the Happiness, comes from; from allowing Him to provide for me, in my poverty. To wait upon Him, to Trust in Him, to sit with empty hands before Him. Poverty of Spirit is something so tremendously attractive to God, He as Father, wants to open up His treasures to us, His children if we but lean on Him, Trust in Him, wait upon Him, ask Him!
At times in life, after we have done our best, after we have put forth our best efforts, and we find ourselves waiting upon our Father in Heaven to ‘act’ we find that we dislike our dependency upon Him and we want to pick up the ‘reins’ and steer things ourselves, we desire to control what we feel is either moving too slowly or not moving at all in the direction we desire. Which leads us to pull back our heart, pull back our trust and do it ourselves. But this is not the disposition of heart of the Poor in Spirit. They choose to keep their hands open. They choose to keep their eyes and hearts lifted up to the Father in heaven, and they will not be disappointed. Surrender to the Father is the most beautiful action of a child of God. Far from being a passivity, surrender is work, but it is the work of a child; it is Trust in action. The Lord wants us to know, that happiness, true “Blessedness” belongs to those as such, who are utterly dependent trusting with great confidence in God’s providence and action. All that is His, He places at our disposal.
Question: In what area in my life, am I trying very hard to control, to overcome, to change? Have I truly given it over to God, and asked Him as Father, to take over this area in my life, to help me, to provide for me in my weakness? Where am I still trying to ‘do it myself?'
Prayer: Loving Father, give me this day my daily bread and forgive me, my failures as I forgive others. Amen