THE BEATITUDE: BLESSED ARE THE MEEK

Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:5

Let us start today’s reflection with this question, do I really seek to acquire the meekness of a lamb or do I prefer the quality of a mighty tiger? In today’s society to be meek and gentle of heart, is to be someone who is ridiculed, someone who is literally a doormat and considered to be weak. But this is not the true meaning of meekness. The meek are those who are humble and submissive before God. They find their refuge in Him and commit their ways entirely to Him. They are more concerned about God’s work and God’s people than about what might happen to them personally. The meek, rather than the aggressive, ultimately inherit the earth. Our Lord said, “Learn from Me, I am meek and humble of heart”. He was respected and people marveled of His great learning asked, “Where did this man get His learning?” He spoke with authority, but He was meek and humble of heart.

One of the greatest burdens which we carry is the burden of pride. A man or a woman who is meek cares not at all who is greater than he, for he has long ago decided that the esteem of the world is not worth the effort. He cares more about God’s estimate of his life. In himself, he is nothing, but in God he is valuable. A truly meek believer will always allow God to defend him; his struggle to defend himself unethically is over. He is at peace with God and himself. The meek are not pretentious; they have received deliverance from the burden of false self.  He desires more to be what God desires of him, rather than impressing those around him/her wrongly. Meekness is vital for us to become more Christ-like. Without it we won’t be able to develop other important virtues. Being meek does not mean weakness but it means behaving with goodness and kindness, showing strength, serenity, healthy self-worth, and self-control. Those who possess these attributes are willing to follow Jesus Christ, and their temperaments are calm, docile, tolerant, and submissive. Apostle Paul taught us that meekness is a fruit of the Spirit. Therefore, it can most easily be attained if we “live in the Spirit.” And to live in the Spirit, our lifestyles must reflect righteousness before the Lord..

Prayer Points:

  1. Thank God for today’s reflection.
  2. Take this prayer: O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, hear me. From the desire of being esteemed, deliver me.  From the desire of being loved, deliver me.  From the desire of being extolled, deliver me. From the desire of being honored, deliver me. From the desire of being praised, deliver me. From the desire of being preferred, deliver me. From the desire of being consulted, deliver me. From the desire of being approved, deliver me. From the fear of being humiliated, deliver me. From the fear of being despised, deliver me. From the fear of being rebuked, deliver me. From the fear of being calumniated, deliver me. From the fear of being forgotten, deliver me. From the fear of being ridiculed, deliver me. From the fear of being wronged, deliver me. From the fear of being suspected, deliver me. That others may be loved more than I, deliver me. That others may be esteemed more than I, Jesus grant me the grace to desire it. That in the opinion of the world, others may increase, and I may decrease…Jesus grant me the grace to desire it. Others may be praised and I unnoticed, Jesus grant me the grace to desire holiness of life of the Lord.

Exercise: Endeavour to be humble and meek in all you do.

Memory Verse: Psalm 25:9

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