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Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year A: 27 February 2011)

Blessed are…the meek

Isaiah 49.8-16a
Matthew 6.24-34

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the land.

Today, we’re attending to a section of the Sermon on the Mount in partnership with the people Jesus calls ‘the meek’.

I expect that many of us have heard of these words by Charles Wesley at some time:

Gentle Jesus, meek and mild,
look upon a little child;
pity my simplicity,
suffer me to come to thee.

Jesus was meek, they say. And not only ‘they’ say it. Jesus says it too in these well-known words from Matthew 11.28-30:

Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle [meek] and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

What does ‘meek’ mean to you? The Australian Oxford Dictionary has ‘humble and submissive; suffering injury etc. tamely’. Or, if you prefer, ‘piously gentle in nature’. And it doesn’t help that ‘meek’ rhymes with ‘weak’.

Hmm, not sure I wanna be meek any more…

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