Beatitudes: Matthew 5:3-11

Blessed Are The Meek


Verse 5:

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. (NRSV)


You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought. (The Message)


Happy are those who have softened what is rigid within; they shall receive physical vigor and strength from the universe. (Aramaic)


To be meek means to have softened what is rigid within, to be like the fertile soil that receives its nourishment from the rain, allowing it to seep down into its substance. Is there a place within you that is longing to soften and yield? Is there a tender place longing to emerge and be expressed? What is the wisdom the earth has to offer you? Notice what stirs in response, and make room to be present to this experience. (The Artist’s Rule, Christine Paintner)


Reflections on this beatitude

Which of the four versions appeals to you now in your life?

What has the word meek meant to you in the past?

What does it mean for you to be meek now?
What is your prayer for yourself and others around this beatitude?