Thought for the day – #TFTD – Sunday 17th May

Blessed are the meek,

for they will inherit the earth.

Matthew 5 : 5

This is an interesting Beatitude. It can be interpreted different ways depending on how meek is defined. Some might define it as servitude, quiet, easily imposed, or submissive. I don’t think Jesus was referring to this kind of definition when he said this. I don’t think he is asking us to be small. We are not being asked to cower in fear in front of people, but at the same time, we shouldn’t stand with our hands on our hips and try to have other people cower in front of us. So, what might Jesus mean here by meek?

Julian of Norwich captures it well in this quote, “We give our intent to love and meekness, by the working of mercy and grace we are made all fair and clean.”[1] This gives us a different definition of meekness. The Greek used here for meek can be defined as gentle. We can be gentle without being easily imposed upon. We can be gentle without being submissive. Those who are gentle appreciate and love this world, and everything in it.

Prayer: Amazing God, we give you thanks for the amazing and beautiful creation you have given us. We are grateful for the people and you have given us to love and be gentle with. Help us to be meek, help us to be gentle, and look upon your creation with love and appreciation. We are your servants, in this world. Help us to go out and be your hands and feet. Amen.

Action: In a time when there seems to be so much to complain about, take some time to be gentle with someone or something. There are many different ways to do this. It might be doing something to take care of your garden or the land around you. It might be to be gentle and show love towards the necessary workers at grocery stores, delivery people, and all those on the front line.

[1] “We Give Our Intent to Love and Meekness, by the Working of Mercy and Grace We Are Made All Fair and Clean.” YourDictionary, quotes.yourdictionary.com/author/quote/582569#meekness.

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