Blessed are the poor in spirit. Seriously? The poor in spirit are blessed? That sounds so backwards! It’s even more strange when it’s translated as happy are the poor in spirit! It seems like it should be blessed are the rich in spirit. And yet, that’s not what Jesus said. So what did Jesus mean when He said what we now call the first of the Beatitudes?
Mt 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
When we read the whole verse, it sounds even more backwards. How can the kingdom of Heaven be for those who are poor in spirit? Isn’t it for the “good Christians” who are “rich in spirit”?