In Matthew 5, the author of the gospel has Jesus delivering the Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount. Strangely, these blessings begin with “Blessed are the poor in spirit; the reign of God is theirs”.  Who wants to be poor, let alone spiritually poor?!  What does it mean to be poor in spirit? Why is this particular Beatitude the one that leads the sermon?  It has been said by some that understanding and living this poverty of spirit is the key to all Christian spirituality and to all of Christianity as a religious movement.  Understanding poverty of spirit gives us the fullest understanding of how Jesus “saves” us now –if we are open to the lesson of how a man who called God his “Abba” (daddy) can die so abjectly crying, “Eli, Eli lema sabachthani?”  My God, My God why have you forsaken me?

Every person who pursues the Christian spiritual path eventually grapples with and, hopefully, reaches a personal understanding of these ancient religious stories that fit our modern life today. This is one of the many spiritual challenges we can undertake together in the Christian Spirituality for UUs Affinity Group. The plan right now is for the group to meet one time per month for about 1.5 hours.

If you are interested in joining this new group, we will have an initial meeting on Wednesday, April 20th at 7:00 PM at UUCW.  Please contact Jim Maletta to RSVP.  We will send you an interest survey to find out a bit more about what you would like to see in your affinity group.