“Blessed are the poor in spirit…”. What a powerful way to start the Sermon on the Mount. But what does it mean to be poor in spirit? It means to recognize our complete and utter reliance for Jesus in all things. It means to realize we truly are lost and broken….so lost and broken that without the Spirit’s prompting, we would never even be able to know that we are in fact lost and broken. It is to hunger only for the approval of the true King of the world…and not the would be kings and queens.
To be poor in spirit is to keep our eyes focused on the Crucified Christ…and that changes our fundamental view of the world. It changes our definition of success, of right and wrong, of power, and of the meaning of life itself.
Brothers and Sisters, I pray that each and every day that we all slowly strive to learn to let go of our need for success…our need to be right…our need for power…and learn to rely solely upon Jesus. It is a tough task…but we do it together. Side by side…each Sunday as we hear God’s word, as we confess our sins together, as we share God’s Peace, and as we kneel together, side by side, at the Altar. It is there that Christ meets us and fills our needs and voids. It is there that we truly learn what it means to be poor in spirit.