1. Blessed are the POOR IN SPIRIT for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven
-the state of being poor: resorting to begging because they know they cannot help themselves
-spiritual poverty means that apart from God, we can do nothing--that there is emptiness left to ourselves
2. Blessed are those who MOURN for they will be COMFORTED
-the state of mourning: recognizing how wretched we are and being truly sorrowful for it.
-there can be no real salvation unless there is a realization of sin that leads to repentance--that only Jesus can fill the void in our hearts.
-it is not just being sorry because we were caught in sin, but because we know that the act of sin is offensive to God.
*based on Matthew 5:1-12
by Rev. Alex Uy