Meditating on Matthew 5:3 during Lent

At my church, I’ve discussed the Sermon on the Mount with a small group for nearly a year.

We kept returning to Matthew 5:3 as the essential starting point for everything else in Jesus’ message.

I translate it as, “Thriving are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

This verse feels particularly appropriate for Lent.

I can live an empty life on my own initiative.

Or I can live a full life as I am filled with the Holy Spirit, depending on God throughout each day.

It’s a paradox: we thrive when we humbly acknowledge our weakness and need for God. There’s a joy when we accept our need for God’s love - and live as recipients of that love.

That’s my step with God today.

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