One receives the gift of Divine Love only with attention and devotion. Christ is not a pet one simply harnesses and then seeks out when lonely or a pretty bauble that one places on a shelf and then must remember occasionally to dust. One possesses Him only in love, in conversation which is attentive prayer of the heart and mind. In the daily labor of freedom from things which are only passing in this world we learn to attach ourselves more and more to Him who alone will last forever.
This is the reason for being poor in Spirit: so that true wealth, Christ the life of the soul, may be our one lasting possession. Poverty of spirit is freedom for love.
Meeting Christ in the Liturgy offers a reflection for The Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.Photo by author: Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italia.