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Only God Is Great!

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven
Matthew 5:1-12

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Scripture Summary Matthew 5:3


All through the Gospels, Jesus is trying to help us understand that although there is pleasure in material things, in sexual relationships, in many other things that satisfy human appetites, nevertheless there is only one way in which we can be in touch with the ultimate Source of genuine joy, and that is to open ourselves up to God's Presence in our life.

The Kingdom belongs not to those who want to be self sufficient, but to those who identify their life's meaning and mission with the Will of God.

In two of the Gospels, Jesus says to his disciples, "I assure you that whoever does not accept the Reign of God like a little child shall not take part in it" (Mk. 10-15). And in today's Gospel Lesson He says, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven" (Mt. 5:3). Here is Jesus telling us the great secret of life! Jesus is teaching us that if we want to achieve wholeness of life, if we want to be fulfilled human beings, if we want to be blessed in this way, if we want to experience genuine joy, we must accept the Reign of God in a childlike way; we must acknowledge our complete dependence on Him; we must place our complete trust in Him. This means that we not only depend on God for our very life, but we trust in God for the meaning of our life. We cannot hope to become fulfilled, whole persons on our own. Alone, we're unable to cope. Alone, our life situation is too much for us to handle. Alone, we are constantly at wit's end. Therefore, we need to acknowledge our inherent weakness. We need to pray to God. We need to depend on God. We need to trust in God like little children. We need to trust in God enough to be able to accept, without reservation, His way of fulfillment. And the incredible paradox is that the more dependent on God we become -- the weaker we become, in this sense -- the stronger we [...]

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