Friday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
June 17, 2022
Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, our Alleluia Verse blesses us with one of the Beatitudes
Blessed are the poor in spirit;
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Poverty of spirit! The concept presents all kinds of questions:
- What does it really mean?
- Must we be materially poor?
- Will material poverty make us holy?
- What other kinds greed, besides the love of money, can consume the soul?
Michael Crosby wrote a book – decades ago now – that touched me deeply. It’s one of the signature books of my spiritual life. Here is a quote from it about being poor in spirit:
Our verse today leads to one of the most profound lines of the Gospel:
Let’s think on these simple yet power-packed encouragements as we examine our own possessions and poverties.
Poetry: from Augustine of Hippo
Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord,
and our heart is restless
until it finds its rest in thee.
Music: St. Augustine’s Prayer – Ed Conlin