The gospel enumerated the beatitudes. Why is it that the poor are the ones that will inherit the Kingdom of God? Why would someone who has nothing inherit the kingdom of God? The answer is because they have nothing, and because they have nothing they learn to value things. They find joy in the simple things in life. They turn to God because they know that He has always been by their side. God gives to the poor, for they do not have much. God sees no reason to give to those who feel content with how they are today or to those who have much but are still not satisfied.
Not everyone who is poor is poor in spirit. Not everyone who is rich is not poor in spirit.
The first beatitude is: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. Being poor in spirit is about emptying ourselves of being us, being humans. Empty ourselves of the pride we always keep, no matter how low we are in our lives. For many, pride is all they have left. God is telling us to let go of that pride. And by doing so, trusting in God fully and allowing Him to take over us and fill us with the holy spirit. Being poor in spirit means to not think of myself as Asti anymore. I must think of myelf as a child of God. I must share what I have, live not for myself but for others, laugh and smile everyday in hopes that it will make others smile as well.
The gospel is also trying to tell us that when we feel like everything is going down hill and nobody is there to help us, remember that God is always there. He is always there to listen to us and help us in our times of need, sometimes by simply listening. He loves us all and genuinely just wants us to be truly happy. He wants to bring us to a world where sadness and sin can never follow us. All we have to do is follow Him. Empty ourselves and follow Him.
[Shasta Grace D. Tiro]