August 9, 2022     3:09 pm
309. Week of Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity - Sunday
Blessed are the poor in spirit
          Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.   Mathew 5:3
          True Christians, who in faith are sure of their Saviour and of His salvation, are poor in spirit. They are poor in spirit with regard to all those things that do not concern Christ and His salvation. They do not treasure these things; they do not set their hearts on them; they consider them quite vain and of no value. Their spirit, their heart, soul, and mind is filled with the things they have in Christ; therefore their soul is free and unencumbered with respect to all other things. When people praise them because of any favourable earthly and personal circumstances, they smilingly shake their heads and think of the blessings which Christ has given them. Doesn't the light of the moon and the stars diminish before that of the sun. The Apostle Paul was a man poor in spirit. He writes: "But any advantages I had I considered loss for Christ. Yes, I think it is all a loss because it is so much better to know Christ Jesus, my Lord. For Him I have lost everything and consider it garbage in order to win Christ and find myself in Him, not having my own righteousness based on the Law but the righteousness that depends on faith, that God gives those who believe in Christ. I want to know Him and the power of His resurrection, to share His sufferings and be like Him in His death if somehow I will get to be one of those who rise from the dead." (Phil. 3:7-11). Thus true Christians are poor, poor in spirit with regard to all that pertains to their persons and to earthly matters. But they are blessed, very rich and happy, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
          PRAYER: - O my God, who for Christ's sake has graciously given me the riches of the Kingdom of Heaven, make me poor in spirit through Your Holy Spirit, that I may not set my heart on anything other than Christ, lest I be again enchanted and ensnared by vain, fleeting, and delusive things, but that with all my heart I desire only that which will make me truly and eternally happy. Amen.

Third Part : The Christian's Life and Death
August 9, 2022     3:09 pm