For you say, “I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing.” You do not realize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.
The coarse, shocking adjectives here literalize a spiritual truth. For next to God, human greatness is not so great. Yet we wear our blindness arrogantly. Christ asks us to cede our statuses, our accolades, our faith in our own means, our own false power, for the kind of love that grants true vision.