Poor persons are those who don’t have very much power or influence because they don’t have much money. But you know something? Even the richest person in the world is poor! “How?” you will say. Well, because being poor isn’t only about how much money you don’t have.
We were completely poor and without power about whether we would be conceived and born! “Of course,” you will say. “We weren’t around to be asked if we would like to be born or not–or when or where, or to which parents.” Right! It is really God’s decision that you and I come into this world–with the help of our parents, or course. But it’s all up to God who made us. Now that’s being poor!
If we understand this way of being poor and are grateful to God for creating us, then there is joy and happiness that will have us want live in God’s ways…which is another way of saying the “Kingdom of God.” So when you pray over these blessings that St. Luke is sharing with you, you will become very happy—and also rich…even if you don’t have a penny in your pocket! By being happy and grateful to God for being born, we become rich, even when we are poor!
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
When I’m poor, then I am rich v. 20
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
This is the Seventh Week in Epiphany
Winter in the north. Year C
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary
Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…