Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.
DO YOU WANT TO BE HAPPY?
What does it mean to be “blessed”? In this case, blessed comes from the Greek word, Makarios, meaning: supremely blessed, by extension fortunate, well off, blessed, happy.
When we live the message of the Beatitudes, we experience what it is like to “be blessed,” and we serve as a conduit of God’s blessing to others.
WISDOM of the saints
Meekness, the greatest of virtues, is reckoned among the beatitudes. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall possess the land.” For that blessed land, the heavenly Jerusalem, is not the spoil of warriors who have conquered, but the hoped-for inheritance of the meek, who patiently endure the evils of this life.
~ St. Basil the Great, Father and Doctor of the Church
SCHOOL OF DISCIPLESHIP
Day 3: Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Takeaway: Being meek is to be humble before God and man. To be meek is not weak but rather it is fulfilling your duties
to the absolute best of your ability.
Reflection: “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” Matthew 11:29-30
Challenge: How can I be meek today?
- Choose today to offer every task, no matter how humble, as an offering to the Lord.
- Acknowledge your own strengths and talents as gifts from the Lord. Look for opportunities to use those gifts to spread the Kingdom of God. Look for a ministry that matches your talents and commit to get involved.
- If you are frustrated, do not allow frustration to develop into wrath but remain calm and fulfill the duties you are called to preform.
From the catechism
The People of the “poor” – those who, humble and meek, rely solely on their God’s mysterious plans, who await the justice, not of men but of the Messiah – are in the end the great achievement of the Holy Spirit’s hidden mission during the time of the promises that prepare for Christ’s coming.
The Beatitudes reveal the goal of human existence, the ultimate end of human existence, the ultimate end of human acts: God calls us to his own beatitude. This vocation is addressed to each individual personally, but also to the Church as a whole, the new people made up of those who have accepted the promise and live from it in faith.
God put us in the world to know, to love and to serve him, and so to come to paradise. Beatitude makes us “partakers of the divine nature” and of eternal life.
Let Us Pray
I want to be happy. Help me to be meek and humble of heart. Your kingdom come! Grant me peace and keep wrath from from me as I deal with myself and others. Teach me your ways.
Show me your love and mercy. I wait for you.
Come to me, Father, and bless me with your inheritance. Bring me into your kingdom! Show me happiness.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen