ancestors of the people treated the false prophets.
“Fortunate are you who are poor.”The first thing that comes to mind when we encounter the word “poor” are the people con- sidered as economically or ma- terially needy and those who are disadvantaged. However, in the gospel passage that is not the case, although it is not ruled out: “‘The poor’ are all whose empti- ness and destitution provide scope for the generosity of God” (Brendan Byrne). Their condition creates the opportunity so that divine goodness could operate in their lives. The situation might in- clude a deep feeling of emptiness, uncertainty and hopelessness. No one is exempted from these kinds of feeling regardless of economic and social status. In situations where the prevailing feeling is that of emptiness and destitu- tion, one is invited to open up to the power of God and to receive his generosity. He/she could find comfort in the encounter with God, which could subsequently lead to the unfolding of a new world of hope and opportunities.There are conditions that help the human heart open up to God’s power and goodness. Unbelief, arrogance, and self- conceit shuts its door and cancels out space for divine occupancy. It is the thought that any external power, or influence, makes any contribution. Outside factors (or the God-factor) are simply out of the picture.
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