|Beatitudes and Baptism - part 3|
|Written by Michael Fones|
|Wednesday, 02 July 2008 04:42|
These are brief reflections on the beatitudes I made while preparing a homily for a little girl's baptism.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Meekness is not a characteristic we think of in a positive way, but Jesus does. In our age of self-promotion, won't a meek child, especially a girl, get lost in the crowd? Not get asked to the dance? Not pursue the Stanford scholarship? But if we think of meekness as a type of humility, we can discover its blessing. A meek and humble person can get out of the way in a conversation, for example, and really listen. Everything doesn't have to be about them. In fact, nothing has to be about them, nor do they get all tied up comparing themselves to others. They 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.