by Kriss Buss, Deaconess Community candidate
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3
In his reflections on the Beatitudes, Gregory of Nyssa defines blessedness as “a possession of all things held to be good.” God is the one thing that is really, truly blessed, and therefore God is also the fullest expression of all the Beatitudes.
As those created by God in the image of God, we humans are made for the gifts of God’s kingdom laid out as in these verses.
But, we need only look around at the store, work, school, or turn on the news for a few minutes to catch a glimpse of what “poor in spirit” looks like today.
This is not some eyes-turned-low, blessed are those who keep their voices soft adage! This is a call out to those in real distress – those who have lost all reason to hope.
Dear Community, where are we seeing hopelessness in our towns and world this Ash Wednesday? Jesus promises the kingdom to those who have lost hope. God is for them, always.
As sisters called to these places, what image of the kingdom do we carry today? God’s kingdom says the forgotten will be remembered, the hopeless held closely in love.
Spirit of Light, lead us with bold and caring arms to the places of our world that have been forgotten. Let us be the image of your hope. Amen.