Blessed the Beggar: Who Are the “Poor in Spirit”? by Mark Hart • August 14, 2012 Ìâ‰âÂÌâÅÒBlessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.' (Matthew 5:3) This is one of those Scripture passages that many people 'know' (meaning, they've heard it before) but countless people fail to understand. My own parochial school teacher taught us that it simply meant God loves poor people 'more.' Ummm, to put it as charitably and bluntly as possible . . . no, that's not what it means . . .