Blessed Are the Meek!

Matthew 5:5

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

Today's verse does not say "Blessed are the weenies."  St. Joan of Arc was neither a weenie nor a wimp.  Nor was Paul.  Nor, of course, was Jesus.  To be meek is not to be a wimp.  It is to be filled with the awesome power of the Holy Spirit — and to not be defined by earthly power.  It is to know who you are, where you are coming from, and where you are going — as Jesus did. It is to be at home in your own skin and not to be afflicted with the itching envy of somebody else's life.  It is to be free enough inside that humility is as easy as wealth since you are not defined by what you or anybody else owns or does or is. To be meek is to free.  And to be free is find that the whole world is yours already, freely given by the Lord of heaven and earth.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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