Why Are The Poor Blessed?

I read this post today, “What Would A Poor Church Look Like?” and it gave rise to a lot of insights and questions. Our new pope has expressed his love and advocacy for the poor several times in the short while since he took over the papacy. With this, I couldn’t help but recall Jesus Christ’s own attachment to the poor. In fact in one of his sermons, Jesus said, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God” and even further added, “But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort.”

So does this mean that it is a sin to be wealthy? If you are like me, I don’t think so. Although greed is definitely a sin, having riches does not make you automatically sinful. It is still up to the disposition of your soul. A poor man who does not have faith and trust in God is certainly no better than a rich man who is obsessed with his wealth. Merely being poor is not a virtue that guarantees one entrance in heaven. Instead, trusting in God and not on material things and the empty promises of money will gain the benefits of being in a relationship with God in his eternal kingdom.