The first beatitude, “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven,” is not exactly the kind of statement one hears on today’s media. To express one’s need, to acknowledge one’s lack—that does not seem the way to inherit anything, let alone a kingdom. Yet these words are Jesus’ words, our Lord and Master, God incarnate, Wisdom Incarnate, and they echo through the ages and knock at the doors of our hearts.

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