So what is this poverty by which Christ frees us and enriches us? It is
his way of loving us, his way of being our neighbour, just as the Good
Samaritan was neighbour to the man left half dead by the side of the
road (cf. Lk 10:25ff). What gives us true freedom, true salvation and
true happiness is the compassion, tenderness and solidarity of his love.
Christ’s poverty which enriches us is his taking flesh and bearing our
weaknesses and sins as an expression of God’s infinite mercy to us.
Christ’s poverty is the greatest treasure of all: Jesus wealth is that
of his boundless confidence in God the Father, his constant trust, his
desire always and only to do the Father’s will and give glory to him.
Jesus is rich in the same way as a child who feels loved and who loves
its parents, without doubting their love and tenderness for an instant.
Jesus’ wealth lies in his being the Son; his unique relationship with
the Father is the sovereign prerogative of this Messiah who is poor.
When Jesus asks us to take up his “yoke which is easy”, he asks us to be
enriched by his “poverty which is rich” and his “richness which is
poor”, to share his filial and fraternal Spirit, to become sons and
daughters in the Son, brothers and sisters in the firstborn brother (cf.
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