“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Matthew 5:3

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Jesus said,

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

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– Matthew 5:3 (NRSV)

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REFLECTION…

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“The poor in spirit”

are those who realise and accept that they ultimately depend on God;

who place their full trust in God;

and who humbly accept God’s will in everything.

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Job’s spiritual poverty is reflected in his words:

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there;

the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;

blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21)

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“The poor in spirit”

are those who see themselves as little children in the presence of God,

children who own nothing,

who view everything they have as coming from God

and belonging to God.

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QUOTE…

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“The man poor in spirit

sincerely acknowledges himself to be a spiritual pauper,

having nothing of his own.

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Whoever waits for everything from God’s loving-kindness;

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whoever is convinced that he can neither think, nor desire anything good,

if God will not give the good thought and the good desire,

and that he cannot perform one truly good deed

without the grace of Jesus Christ;

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whoever considers himself to be more sinful, worse, lower than everyone;

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whoever always reproaches himself and judges no one else;

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whoever acknowledges the garment of his soul to be defiled, dark, malodorous, worthless

and does not cease to ask the Lord Jesus Christ to lighten the garment of his soul,

to clothe him in the incorrupt clothing of righteousness;

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whoever unceasingly flees beneath the shelter of God’s wings,

not having safety anywhere in the world besides the Lord;

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whoever considers all his property to be God’s gift

and gives thanks for everything to the Bestower of every good thing

and readily apportions his property to the those in need

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– this is he who is poor in spirit.”

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– John of Kronstadt

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Lord Jesus, let me learn from You, for You are gentle and humble in spirit

Make me poor in spirit, Lord; make me more like You.

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