When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:1-3
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
Take a moment and breathe in, saying “Blessed are you”, as your thoughts calm and still. Let your mind relax and your thoughts still. “Blessed are you.”
Now let your eyes soak in this image. See the little one with the feet covered in dust. See the man, father, grandfather, holding this child in front of a structure with hay all around. And say, “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of God.”
How do those words feels? Are they directed at those in the image or at the person seeing? Do they point toward poverty or to the state of one’s soul? Does the image jar you from the meaning you thought you had into a different place, a place where the poor are seen through God’s eyes, and blessed.
Breathe again and hear Jesus say, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.” Spend a moment there with “yours is the kingdom of heaven.” Breathe while the words “for theirs is the kingdom of God” float through you. With God’s eyes where do you experience the kingdom? Let those images wash in and through you. Stopping where you feel that kingdom presence.
Take another breath and say “blessed.”