"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:3). What an amazing promise Jesus made! Everyone who is poor in spirit will go to heaven.
He didn’t make this kind of promise just once, either. The Gospels are filled with promises of heaven. Speaking to his disciples after their first attempts at preaching the gospel, Jesus told them: “Rejoice because your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20). On the cross, he promised a repentant thief that he would soon be with him in paradise (23:43). St. John tells us: “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life” (John 3:36), and Jesus promised that everyone who eats the bread of life will live forever (6:51).
All these promises and so many more reinforce what Jesus said in the Beatitudes, that the poor in spirit will inherit the kingdom of heaven. But was Jesus talking only about a future reward? What about now? Does Jesus really mean for us to suffer here on earth just…
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