Over at Intentional Disciples, Fr. Mike is doing a series of reflections on the beatitudes that he made while preparing a homily for a baptism. The third of those posts considered, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”
Fr. Mike’s discussion helps, I think, to dispel the misunderstanding we tend to have about the meaning of meekness. Meekness, he suggests, is really about understanding that it doesn’t always have to be about me. Meek people “don’t have to be number one, they don’t have to win the argument – they can actually engage the other as ‘other,’ – ‘not like me’ – and delight in the difference. They can experience life, people, creation itself, all the graces God offers us daily, as an unearned gift – which is the nature of an inheritance.”
Meekness is not weakness and it does not mean we should let everyone walk all over us. It is also not insecurity…in fact, not having to be number one, not having to have the focus on oneself, requires a certain level of security. It is, however, about humility, and about experiencing “all the graces God offers us daily, as an unearned gift.”
Note: Fr. Mike’s reflections on the first two beatitudes are here and here.