The “poor in spirit” are those who know they have nothing in themselves and need the fullness of God. Is humility a matter of putting ourselves down? The saints are poor in spirit but know they have been created in the image of God—that they are only “a little less than the angels.” Complacency however is not self-respect but rather self-glorification. What has the saint that he or she has not received by nature and grace?
What the saints received was not yet complete. Human nature is called to rise above itself toward the divine. Human beings need to become like God! How can that be? The need is a special, free gift of God. When God reaches out to let his saints know that they are “poor in spirit” he also inflames them with a desire for the divine. Even the “poor in spirit” are pulled in two directions; material goods and distractions draw them outward, the Spirit of God then pulls them inward again to seek God.
Thank you, Lord, for being patient with me, calling me back to yourself and renewing the inward attraction by which you drew me to yourself in the first place. Keep me faithful to your grace.