Capsule for the Day
I always wonder what Paul meant in 2 Corinthians 8:9 "Jesus Christ was rich but he became poor to make you rich out of his poverty". What did he mean by "Jesus became poor"? Was he referring to material poverty as in having no basic social amenities? Or, let's put the question another way, what did Jesus forfeit for us to be rich?
Like all scriptural passages, this text stands in relation to the text "though He was God... Jesus emptied Himself and became obedient even into death, death on the cross". This later text defines the poverty Paul is on about. It is the poverty of His own will. Jesus is equal to the Father, but He forfeited His own will and obeyed the Father.
His obedience to the Father enriches us with the noble example of obedience to the will of the Father. For indeed, out of His own poverty of will, He, Jesus, has made us rich with wisdom, courage, love, peace etc. He has left us the manual of how to be rich: "let go of your own will, let God's will be done, let His will be done on earth as it is in heaven".
Fr. Francis Afu