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THURSDAY, September 19

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

The Beatitudes are some of Jesus’ most inspiring words, and they are recorded for us in Matthew and Luke. What Luke records [or writes] as merely “the poor,” Matthew adds the qualifier “in spirit.”

Having encountered endemic poverty, I have come to see that it is as much a spiritual assault on its victims as it is a denial of basic resources. Poverty robs people of the unassailable dignity that belongs to each and every one of us. Poverty is imposed by those who hoard and fearfully guard the abundance of God’s resources for themselves without regard to their neighbors’ needs.


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