I was pondering one day the difference between the Pharisees of Jesus' day and the afflicted people on whom Jesus worked miracles. Hope came to me. The Pharisees were happy as they were and didn't need a Savior. They wanted a political figure to bring back Israel's material and political greatness, another "golden age." But those who were sick had hope in Jesus, they needed and wanted a Savior. This is a kind of poverty, to know one's weaknesses and to hope, to believe that God will help them.