“Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit”
Those who are poor in spirit realize that they are lacking, know that they are needy, and therefore are open to receive what they need from God to find fulfillment. Those who are not poor in spirit do not admit their lack, do not face their need, and therefore are closed to receiving that which can fulfill them.
Those who are poor in spirit are humble without being humiliated; they are poverty-stricken without being pitiable; they are self-aware without being self-consumed. Those who are not poor in spirit are rich in pride; they are endowed with foolishness; they are full of self.
O Lord, make our true poverty so clear to us that we can’t help but see it; reveal our true need to us so that we can’t help but admit it; replace our false pride with true humility so that we can't help but live out of it.
Then, use our awareness of our true spiritual state as a conduit through which your grace that constitutes the essence of your kingdom can flow into our lives—and then can flow back out of us to others who also realize their spiritual lack and are as desperate as we are to be filled with what really matters.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3).