Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Blessed are the poor
" Neediness is the empty cup,... the human vessel.
In our neediness, ... in our emptiness,
is where we truly come to know
our capacity .... to receive. "
Blessed are the poor (or ), blessed are the poor in spirit
Once upon a time, a man named Jesus taught
And he made 8 statements, which have echoed through the years
Resonating in many hearts…
This is the way
Ashr, blessing being connected to the concept of being “on the way”
“on the right path”
This path is not for the faint of heart
It is not the path of shallow “happiness”
It is the deep way
Which confounds our thinking
Blessed are the poor, the poor in spirit, the spiritually needy
The divine lunacy
Takes us right where we need to go
Why does such a sense of need lead to happiness?
I think because it helps lead to the Sacred.
People who are hungry will look for food.
People who know they are needy spiritually, will reach out for the spiritual
They will seek it out
Hunt it down
Without that poorness of spirit?
All you need to do is look at those who are spiritually satisfied
To find the answer to that
Smug, arrogant, judgmental, closed, cold
Wrapped up in things that are not spiritual
For not recognizing that their need is spiritual,
They seek to satisfy their emptiness with other things
One of the great problems with Christianity today is that it does not see
Its own poverty.
“How can we embrace poverty as a way to God when everyone around us wants to become rich? Poverty has many forms. We have to ask ourselves: 'What is my poverty?' Is it lack of money, lack of emotional stability, lack of a loving partner, lack of security, lack of safety, lack of self-confidence? Each human being has a place of poverty. That’s the place where God wants to dwell! 'How blessed are the poor,' Jesus says (Matthew 5:3). This means that our blessing is hidden in our poverty.
We are so inclined to cover up our poverty and ignore it that we often miss the opportunity to discover God, who dwells in it. Let’s dare to see our poverty as the land where our treasure is hidden.”
― Henri J.M. Nouwen, Bread for the Journey: A Daybook of Wisdom and Faith