Jesus has a plan that involves poverty and humility for his disciples. In holy poverty, we give God our world of possessions and our identity in wealth. As Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear.”
Jesus asks his disciples to accept this kind of poverty. He knows that when we begin to live a life of holy poverty that we will be misunderstood. As we become misunderstood, we grow in humility. And when we have humility, then we are willing to hear his words and follow them.
The way of Jesus is a path that begins with holy poverty. Such a radical lifestyle invites misunderstanding and even criticism from other people. So the wise disciple learns to follow Jesus in humility. Otherwise, they will just return to the world of possessions and seek their identity in wealth.
Calvin Wulf is a writer, spiritual director, and retreat facilitator who lives in Colorado with his wife Lisa. He has a passion for Christian spiritual formation drawing from the ancient spiritual traditions of the Apostles, and Christian sages through the ages. He is also a vowed oblate of the contemplative monastic Order of Julian of Norwich.
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