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St. Stephen Catholic Church 
 
Fr. Robert Knight, Pastor 
 11514 State Hwy A, P.O. Box 233 
Richwoods, MO 63071 
 Phone: (573) 678-2207
Fax: (573) 678-2380 
 email: parish354@archstl.org 
Website: ststephenrichwoodsmo.com
 
 
Fourth Sunday In Ordinary Time 
January 29, 2023   
"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:3
 
FOR REFLECTION:“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” MATTHEW 5:3
 
The phrase “poor in spirit” can be confusing. Think of it in this sense– poor in spirit means de- pending on God’s providence and not depending on our own self-reliance. Being detached from earthly things (power, money, and comfort) and being attached to heavenly things (charity, sacrifice, and mercy), is what we should strive for.