‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:3
Μακάριοι οἱ πτωχοὶ τῷ πνεύματι ὅτι αὐτῶν ἐστιν ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν

It is worth comparing this with the parallel in Luke:

Then he looked up at his disciples and said:
‘Blessed are you who are poor,
   for yours is the kingdom of God.
Luke 6:20
Καὶ αὐτὸς ἐπάρας τοὺς ὀφθαλμοὺς αὐτοῦ εἰς τοὺς μαθητὰς αὐτοῦ ἔλεγεν Μακάριοι οἱ πτωχοί ὅτι ὑμετέρα ἐστὶν ἡ βασιλεία τοῦ θεοῦ

We can discuss pretty much every part of this saying: Blessed; poor in spirit; is…

Μακάριοι – some translate as “Happy”.

πτωχοὶ τῷ πνεύματι – “poor in spirit”: is this Jesus’ original? Or is is Luke’s πτωχοί – ‘poor’ what Jesus actually originally said?

Is the reward in the present? Or is the reward of being “poor” (or “poor in spirit”) in the future? Is God rewarding being “poor” (or “poor in spirit”), or is the reward intrinsic to being “poor” (or “poor in spirit”)?

As this year the Sunday Gospel reading focus is on St Matthew’s Gospel, I thought I’d start some of my personal study and Lectio Divina with that Gospel. [NB. I am using ‘Matthew’ as a convenient term for the author of the first Gospel in the order of the Christian canon].

This is the thirty-fourth post in a series – you can begin here:
Matthew in Slow Motion 1
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