Blessed are the poor in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs.”Jesus
So states the first of the Beatitudes that we are currently reciting for our Sunday morning canticle. There is blessedness here and now for those who know their need of God and their need for a community of faith.
There is blessedness here and now for those who know they are not islands that stand alone, but rather people who need to be linked with family, friends, and neighbors.
There is blessedness here and now for those who know it not only takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a networked village to be fully human.
Once connected to God and to a community of neighbors, we live into the experience of the kingdom of heaven, the kingdom of God, now in this earthly life.
This blessedness rests deep in our heart and it cannot be taken away; nothing can separate us from that blessedness, “not death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor power, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creatures. (Romans 8: 38-39)
People of faith, we are “the poor in spirit” and we celebrate our need for connectedness with God and with each other.