Being meek does not mean being weak: Pope

Pope Francis at his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican yesterday (CNS/Paul Haring)

Those who are meek are patient, gentle and merciful, drawing people together and salvaging relationships, Pope Francis said. Source: CNS.

By Carol Glatz, CNS

Meekness entails tenaciously holding onto one’s trust in and relationship with God and protectively guarding his gifts of peace, mercy and fraternity, the Pope said yesterday during his weekly general audience in the Paul VI hall.

The Pope continued a series of talks on the Eight Beatitudes by reflecting on the third beatitude, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.”

It seems strange that meekness and inheriting land are somehow related, the Pope said.

But, he said, it is rooted in Psalm 37:3-11, which tells believers to trust in the Lord, refrain from anger, be patient and “make your righteousness shine” for then shall they “inherit the earth” and “delight in great prosperity”.

The “land” the psalm refers to is something greater than some earthly territory, which is so often a source of conflict, war and aggression, the Pope said.

 “That land is a promise and a gift for the people of God,” he said. It is heaven — that “new earth” that God has made for his children.

“Therefore, the meek are those who ‘inherit’ the most sublime of territories,” Pope Francis said. “They are not cowards, weak, looking for some fallback moral principle in order to steer clear of trouble. Far from it!”

Whether a person is meek is seen during moments of conflict, crisis or pressure, he said, since it’s easy to seem meek when life goes smoothly.

“You see it in how they react to a hostile situation” when they are attacked or offended, he said.

Meekness is what Jesus displayed during his passion since, according to St Peter, Jesus returned no insult, did not threaten and instead, “handed himself over to the one who judges justly”.

The meek are those who know and trust in what God has offered and they do not want to lose it, the Pope said.

“People who are meek are people who are merciful, fraternal, trusting and hopeful,” he said.

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