“No one can celebrate a genuine Christmas without being truly poor. The self-sufficient, the proud,
those who, because they have everything, look down on others, those who have no need even 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.” —Archbishop Oscar Romero
From “Mary, Sign of the Fullness of Time,” Homily, 4th Sunday of Advent, Sunday, December 24, 1978. Oscar Romero Trust
God, help me realize how poor I am.
Poor at loving,
poor at discerning,
poor in wisdom,
poor at choosing obedience,
poor in generosity,
poor in seeking You.
And so you come to me. To me. Emmanuel.
With your abundance of all I need.
Lynne Hybels, https://www.lynnehybels.com/a-prayer-for-the-poor-in-spirit/.