Matthew 5:5 – Blessed are the meek

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As with the other verses of the Beatitudes, this begins with the words, “Blessed are” – a familiar opening found in the psalms and wisdom literature.

The word “meek” has been defined as “patient and mild, not inclined to anger or resentment.” The verse is actually echoed in Psalm 37:11 and is part of Christ’s use of the Hebrew Bible to describe the kind of fulfillment of God’s law with His coming. It is a prescription for a new community where we are not inclined to “anger or resentment” and we exhibit “patience”.

During this Lent, may we try and be meek. We should be patient. We should not snap to judgment and we should try, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to identify with this virtue that Jesus proclaimed.

The Reverend Deacon Roderick McDowell
, St. Paul’s Fort Erie.