“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3).
It was to the impoverished that Jesus proclaimed the enriching good news of the gospel. While poverty is a social condition that evokes compassion, it is a dilemma resolved not by a shift in the economy but a transformation of the community of faith; when natural selfishness is replaced by supernatural generosity and obedient stewardship. Just as the poor lack purchasing power, so do the poor in spirit. Thus, when we recognize the poverty stricken of our spirit; that we do not have the means to acquire the kingdom of heaven, only then are we in position to receive the gracious and generous offering of eternal life that our Heavenly Father longs to give.