Poor in Spirit
- are often the oppressed, downtrodden, the nobodies, and the insignificant
- allow God to enter their lives at any time and in any way
- can accept and adjust to events and circumstances
- are able to let go of their own plans in favor of the Spirit’s inspirations
- act to correct, improve, or change unjust structures or oppressive situations in ways that are in accord with God’s will
- actively accept affliction, difficulties, and disappointments out of love for God
- are willing to let go of their possessive attitude toward everything, including spiritual consolations
As one of the Beatitudes, the Poor in Spirit may also be called poverty of spirit.
- MC: 95-96, 98
The Poor in Spirit are the oppressed, the downtrodden and the despised in a particular culture. They are the nobodies, the insignificant, the people who don’t rate. The term includes those who are not necessarily materially poor, although that can be one of the factors that makes them objects of contempt for those who appear better off. Evangelical poverty addresses itself to those who suffer any form of human privation for God’s sake, whether material, emotional, mental, or spiritual.
The Poor in Spirit are those who willingly endure affliction for the sake of God and still maintain a peaceful sense of God’s presence at the same time. This is co-creating the world with God. It is the basic vocation of human beings. The Poor in Spirit let go of their possessive attitude toward everything, including God.
They are the oppressed, the downtrodden, the nobodies, and the insignificant. “The reign of God is theirs.” Their basic disposition is the openness that allows God to enter their lives at any time and in any way. They flexibly and promptly adjust to events and circumstances and willingly let go of their own plans in favor of the Spirit’s inspirations.
The Poor in Spirit are not passive in the face of their oppressive circumstances. Their first response is to accept the situation. God, however, may suggest correcting, improving, or changing unjust structures or oppressive situations in ways that are in accord with His will.
Being poor in spirit strengthens the willingness to adjust to any circumstance.
How do you endure affliction? Are you receptive to God’s inspirations?
Let go of your possessive attitude toward things. Let go of your possessive attitude to your relationship with God.