It's based on the NWT translation of Matthew 5:3
I always use a different version of the bible when I follow the scriptures because it lets me get a better view of the scripture in question.
Well, imagine my surprise when I read the scripture in the NRSV bible to realise it says something completely different.
The NWT renders it...
3 “Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need, since the Kingdom of the heavens belongs to them.However the NRSV says...
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.I was quite surprised at the completely different meaning so I looked at other translations and they pretty much all say the same thing. The only one who says anything like spiritual need is the NWT. Even the Kingdom Interlinear doesn't.
So the point of this whole talk was rendered meaningless unless you happen to use the NWT bible. It's supposed to be a public talk. Surely anyone visiting will have their own bible (assuming anyone was visiting which is doubtful).
The CO droned on about our spiritual need and how we fill it yadda yadda yadda.
I guess it sounds better than talking about how we should be "poor in spirit".