The “Poor in Spirit” include true disciples of Jesus and certainly Jesus himself. What can we say of Jesus’ Father? On the face of the matter it may sound strange to speak of the Father as being poor in spirit, that is, as being humble. Yet the Father seeks no advantage. He puts up with the most awful aggravations, reaching out, as Jesus said, to the wicked and ungrateful. His patience continues from age to age, from one murdered prophet to another—even the murder of Jesus.
Some people see being poor in spirit as a putdown. They equate humility with weakness. Whatever makes us resemble God cannot be a put-down, and cannot really weaken us. God’s humility does not deny that God is worthy of respect and love. Similarly our humility can appreciate our own worth and yet imitate the patient and forgiving love of the Father.
Lord, I thank you for your patient love and forgiveness and I pray that I may learn to imitate your humility in my relationships with others. When I am tempted by pride and impatience remind me of my true dignity, which is to be like you.