DAY ONE – BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT

Blessed are the poor in spirit,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

 

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE HAPPY?

 

What does it mean to be “blessed”? In this case, blessed comes from the Greek word, Makarios, meaning: supremely blessed, by extension fortunate, well off, blessed, happy.

When we live the message of the Beatitudes, we experience what it is like to “be blessed,” and we serve as a conduit of God’s blessing to others.

WISDOM of the saints

The rich of this world are of all people the most miserable because the more they possess, the more they desire to possess. They never succeed in obtaining all they desire. So they are far poorer than those who have just enough to get by, and seek God Alone. Becuase the saints possess God, nothing is lacking to them. To the worldly rich, who are deprived of God, all things are lacking, because they lack peace.

~ St. Alphonsus Liguori

Sermon on the Unhappy LIfe of Sinners, 3

 

SCHOOL OF DISCIPLESHIP

Day 1: Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Takeaway: To be poor in spirit is to rely on God and not ourselves, recognizing everything we have comes from Him.
Reflection: “God alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not fall.” Psalm 62:7
Challenge: How can I be ‘poor in spirit’ today? How can I rely on God and God alone?

Examples:

  1. In conversation ask more than you speak. Listen more than you talk.
  2. Watch your spending. Give up one luxury purchase today and instead spend the money on someone who needs the encouragement.
  3. Watch your temper if you are made to wait. If you are traffic, or a line at a store, offer the time up to the Lord and trust that you are where you need to be. Treat everyone with kindness even if you have to wait on them.

 

From the catechism

 

The Beatitudes fulfill the promises by ordering them no longer merely to the possession of a territory, but to the Kingdom of heaven.

CCC 1716

The Beatitudes respond to the natural desire for happiness. This desire is of divine origin: God has placed it in the human heart in order to draw man to the One who alone can fulfill it.

CCC 1718

The Beatitudes confront us with the decisive choices concerning earthly goods; they purify our hearts in order to teach us to love God above all things.

CCC 1728

Let us Pray as Jesus Taught Us!

Our Father who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses  As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil.