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Meekness

‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth’

Matthew 5:5

I’ve compiled a few thoughts on meekness from across the web. I hope they speak to you.

The meek are those who are gentle, humble, and unassuming, simple in faith and patient in the face of every affront. Imbued with the precepts of the gospel, they imitate the meekness of the Lord, who says, “Learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart.”

Chromatius, Tractate on Matthew

To see what meekness is, you must look not at meekness but at Christ. Saying meekness is this or that sends you to concepts which are pale copies of reality. Saying “Jesus is meek” sends you to the living reality of it.

Peter Kreeft, Back to Virtue

If it is the meek, the helpless, the disabled, who will inherit the earth, this is perhaps because the earth, God’s earth, the real earth, can be had on no other terms. It is a gift. Or, in the words of the beatitude, it is an inheritance.

Simon Tugwell, The Beatitudes

The land is always inherited; it is not taken. It is not ours to take, but God’s to give. Thus we have no absolute right to it. Our “inheritance” of any land ultimately demands fidelity to God’s vision for the household, how we are to live in the land.

Michael H. Crosby, Spirituality of the Beatitudes

The renewal of the earth begins at Golgotha, where the meek One died, and from thence it will spread. When the kingdom finally comes, the meek shall possess the earth.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

There is radiant meekness in Mary’s response to the archangel Gabriel: “Here I am, the servant of the Lord. Let it be with me just as you have said” (Luke 1:38). … In all its meekness, no other act in human history has had such significance. Through Mary, our Creator became one with us in the flesh.

Jim Forest, The Ladder of the Beatitudes

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Sayings of the Master

Sermon On The Mount

Matthew 4:16-25

  • No one can live only on food. People need every word God has spoken.
  • When you do good deeds, don’t try to show off. If you do, you won’t get a reward from your Father in heaven.
  • When you give to the poor, don’t let anyone know about it. Then your gift will be given in secret. Your Father knows what is done in secret, and he will reward you.
  • Don’t store up treasures on earth! Instead, store up your treasures in heaven.
  • Your heart will always be where your treasure is
  • Don’t worry about tomorrow. It will take care of itself.
  • I tell you not to worry about your life. Can worry make you live longer?
  • Why do you have such little faith? Put God’s work first and do what he wants. Then the other things will be yours as well.
  • God will be as hard on you as you are on others! He will treat you exactly as you treat them.
  • Ask, and you will receive. Search and you will find. Knock and the door will be open for you.
  • Treat others, as you want them to treat you.
  • You can tell what they are by what they do.
  • I didn’t come to invite good people to be my followers. I came to invite sinners.
  • Anyone who gives one of my most humble followers a cup of cool water, just because that person is my follower, will surely be rewarded.
  • If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest.
  • Good people bring good things out of their hearts, but evil people bring evil things out of their hearts.
  • What will you gain, if you own the whole world but destroy yourself? What would you give to get back your soul?
  • Whenever two or three of you come together in my name, I am there with you.
  • Everyone who is now first will be last, and everyone who is last will be first.
  • Love the lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. This is the first and most important commandment. The second most important commandment is like this one. And it is, “Love others as much as you love yourself.”
  • If you put yourself above others, you will be put down. But if you humble yourself, you will be honored.
  • I will be with you always, even until the end of the world.

Reflection – Choose one of these sayings of Christ to become your focus each day as you journey.

Monica Boudreaux

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No One Knew

English: Saint Macarius of Egypt. Venerable Sa...

 Abba Peter said this about the holy Macarius: ‘One day he came to the cell of an anchorite who happened to be ill, and he asked him if he would take something to eat, though his cell was stripped bare.  When the other replied, “Some sherbet,” that courageous man did not hesitate, but went as far as Alexandria to fetch some for the sick man. The astonishing thing is that no-one knew about it.’

—–Saying of the Desert

The brother is saying that he traveled over 50 miles through the desert to get the ancient equivalent of Ensure for an ailing friend, and he told no one about his good deed. Such a willing, generous spirit is not a common thing now, or then. Yet it is the teaching of Jesus in His Sermon On the Mount. He says,” But when you do your giving, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.” The practice of charity (love) is not a source of pride or accolades, it is an act of devotion to God and His creation. We learn a valuable lesson from the desert today. Become a humble and generous giver of life, not a spectacle of self aggrandizing good deeds. Even if your actions are extraordinary, as were the actions of Macarius, we must do them to the praise of God and the benefit of His creation

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