Oscar Romero who fought for the rights of the poor in South America and who was killed in the midst of his prophetic ministry recognised that we don 't only need to stand with the poor...but to recognise our own poverty of spirit.
No on can celebrate Christmas without being spiritually poor.
The self sufficient , the proud, those who, because they have everything look down on others.
Those who have even no need of God - for them there will be no Christmas.
Only the poor, the hungry, those who need someone to come on their behalf will have that someone.
That someone is God, Emmanuel, God with us.
Without poverty of spirit there can be no abundance of God.
Lord forgive me that I am so self sufficient
so easily satisfied
so full of self
Create in me an empathy with the poor that I may be truly understand
Create in me a poverty of spirit which reaches out to you for more...