Mass at Osgodby

We went to Mass in the tiny upstairs chapel at Osgodby in Lincolnshire. It is one of the earliest Roman Catholic chapel Houses built as a result of an Act of Parliament in 1791 which allowed Roman Catholic churches to be built “without bell or steeple”.

The reading was from the Beatitudes, or the Blessed Attitudes as our priest called them. I have always wandered what the first line means.

How happy the poor in spirit,
Theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven

Who are the poor in spirit? And if their’s is the Kingdom of Heaven it begs the question, should we not be full in spirit?