Blessed are the Meek

The third beatitude is “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” (Mt 5:5)

A meek will live peacefully on earth. We honour Sacred Heart of Jesus as ‘Meek and Humble’. These two virtues, meekness and humility go together and opposite vices are anger and pride.

A meek person will live peacefully on earth. He is not a timid person. But he reason out every unfavorable situation in the light of God and live peacefully with others. He does not waste his time in quarrels and arguments. He has ample patience and tolerates and bears the wrongs of others when faced with injustice. He knows God is on his side. He trusts in divine providence and divine intervention. A haughty anger and proud person cannot do that and destroys himself in course of time because of his wickedness; but the meek will inherit the earth peacefully. “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Prov 16:18)

Bible says, during His passion, people and soldiers hurled insults at Jesus, spat on His face, unjustly accused, intimidated, challenged, mocked, scourged, crowned with thorns, made to carry the cross, stripped off the garments, cruelly crucified. Jesus endured all this patiently and yet maintained peace because He is meek and humble of heart. In Mt 11:29, He is asking us to learn these two virtues from Him so that we can also become conquerors. “I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!.” (Jn16:33)

Bible says; “Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath. Do not fret – it leads only to evil. For the wicked shall be cut off, but those wait for the LORD shall inherit the land. Yet a little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look diligently for their place, they will not be there. But the meek shall inherit the land.” (Ps 37:8-11)

We need to practice the virtue of meekness. Bible says; “When you are disturbed, do not sin; ponder it on your bed, and be silent.” (Ps 4:4). “Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him.” (Mt 5:25)

St.Thomas Aquinas says; Meekness is a virtue rarer than chastity; it is also more excellent than chastity and all the other moral virtues, for it is the complement of charity, the greatest of the theological virtues.

St. Gregory of Nyssa taught that a humble person becomes meek, or becomes gentle and kind, and exhibits a docility of spirit, even in the face of adversity and hardship. A person that is meek is one that exhibits self-control. St. Augustine advises us to be meek in the face of the Lord, and not resist but be obedient to Him. Obedience and submission to the will of God are certainly not in vogue these days, but they will bring us peace in this world and in the next. If we are meek, we will possess the earth, otherwise we will be possessed by the earth. Only meek people will live peaceably on earth in all situations, favorable or adverse.

God will favor the meek. “O LORD, you will hear the desire of the meek; you will strengthen their heart, you will incline your ear.” (Ps 10:17). “The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the LORD.” (Isa 29:19a)