Poor in Spirit


Continuing on yesterday’s reflection, I thought of Matthew 5:3 where Jesus tells us “Blessed are the poor in spirit.”

But what does it mean, poor in spirit.  Again, in keeping with the theme from yesterday, we are taught by our faith that we should regard everything as God’s, and therefore not be attached to anything.  It’s ok to earn a living, but it’s not ok to work to the exclusion of your spiritual growth, and to the exclusion of our worship of God.

God will allow us to do what we want, to have what we want, to value what we want, even if it is not Him.  We must be ready for the consequences of not loving Him the way he is due, though.  For the first Commandment is “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your strength.”  This is not a hyperbolic ‘all’, it means all. This doesn’t mean that we cannot have nice things-cars, televisions, books, homes, etc.  What it means is that we must not be attached to them, because all creation is His, not ours.

So let’s try to apply this to our political future, shall we?  We can be discouraged with the results of the election, we can be sad that we didn’t get our pro-life candidates in place, and so on.  But let’s not forget “If God is with us, who can be against us???”

The political talking heads want conservatives to give up.  Yes, even the Repblicans.  For what it’s worth, Republicans are not conservative.  They’re more conservative than Democrats, by and large, and by far.  But they are not true Conservatives.  Conservatives want us to return to a Constitutional government.  But we Catholics know what happens when we try to water down our message to sound more acceptible…we get priests abusing children, and people leaving the Church in droves.  What we need to do is to go back to orthodoxy, as a country, and as a faith.  We can always speak the truth in love, regardless of how people take the message…

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