Our gospel today, Matthew 5:1-12, is from the famous Beatitudes declared by Jesus in his Sermon on the Mount. Jesus opens with, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”.
This statement is misunderstood by many. Poor in spirit doesn’t mean not having much faith, it means having humility. Humility is the understanding that all the blessings we have come from God. Humility means admitting God knows more than we do, acknowledging our sinful nature, and allowing the God who loves us unconditionally to lead us. Humility brings peace and an openness to putting God’s will ahead of our own. This is how we inherit the kingdom of heaven.
Let us reflect on this Gospel today in our lives. Are we doing our own will, or are we blessed because we have the humility to allow God’s will in our lives? My Dad used to have a saying – “The moment a person thinks they have achieved humility, they just lost it”. For most of us, humility is a life-long journey, not a final destination.
De Colores, Deacon Kevin