Jesus walked to a mountain-top and sitting down with his disciples he began to teach them saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. …”
“Blessed are the merciful…”
Writing for World Youth Day, Pope Francis asked, “How can we consider poverty a blessing?” He added:
- First of all, try to be free of attachment to material things.
- Second, all of us need to experience a conversion in the way we see the poor. We have to care for them and be sensitive to their spiritual and material needs.
- Thirdly, the poor are not just people to whom we can give something. They have much to offer us and to teach us.
Lord Jesus, open my eyes to the cry of my brothers and sisters. Teach me how to both give and receive.
A Prayer – The Beatitudes
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteous sake, they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.
Blessed are they who suffer persecution for justice’s sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Amen