Blessed are the Poor in Spirit

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:3

What does it mean to be poor in Spirit?

When we come to God we must not be self-satisfied or proud in our hearts, thinking we don’t really need God. If we do, God cannot bless us. The Bible says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble”  (James 4:6). We must be humble in our spirits.

Questions for reflection

When in your life have you experienced poverty of spirit?

Was there ever a time that God needed to silence you and impoverish your heart?

What practices help you get in touch with how much you need God?

How can we live out the First Beatitude?

  • Speak to/of the times that you have been silenced by God and what you learned in humility from God.
  • Choose and commit to a spiritual practice that will help ensure that you remain open to more deeply embracing God’s values. You might consider: Bible study, sharing your faith with others, spiritual direction, spiritual reading, prayer, etc.


Dear Lord, we try so hard to be self-sufficient, to be “rich in spirit”, but ultimately our efforts to rely on ourselves fail. By your grace, we realize just how much we need you. So we come to you, not full of riches or full of ourselves, but empty, needy, truly poor in spirit. Help us always remember that all that we are and have is because of Your grace. Let us always remain humble and thankful. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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