Sermon 87 – On ‘the Poor in Spirit’

Beati pauperes spiritu quia ipsorum est regnum caelorum (Matt. 5:3)

Beatitude itself opened its mouth of wisdom and said: ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven’. All angels, all saints, and everything that was ever born must keep silent when the wisdom of the Father speaks: for all the wisdom of angels and all creatures is pure folly before the unfathomable wisdom of God. This wisdom has declared that the poor are blessed.

Now there are two kinds of poverty. The one is external poverty and this is good and much to be commended in the man who practises it voluntarily for the love of our Lord Jesus Christ, for he himself possessed. About this poverty I shall say no more now. But there is another poverty, an interior poverty, to which this word of our Lord applies when He says: ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit’. Read the rest of this entry »